Lot 7002: Fantastic and extremely rare unlaminated front cover to the band's A Hard Day's Night album presented to a stewardess on The Beatles' flight from London to Liverpool on July 10, 1964, signed in black ballpoint by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr, with each band member signing on the line of his image. Scattered edge and corner creases, otherwise fine condition.Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, which reads, in part: "This flat…was actually a factory pressed cardboard printed front cover of the 'A Hard Day's Night' LP, before being fully constructed into an LP cover (after which a thick, heavy laminate was applied to the front cover). All four have autographed the item beautifully in black ballpoint pen…The fact that it had not yet had the heavy laminate applied in the LP construction process allowed for signing, thus making it an extremely rare front signed Beatles album cover. This item is similar in every way to others which have surfaced which were signed on July 10, 1964, for stewardesses who worked for British Eagle Airlines who were working on the Beatles' flight from London to their hometown of Liverpool to attend the Northern Premiere of their first feature film…The Beatles gifted the stewardesses working the round-trip same-day flight with a signed album flat as a 'thank you' for the good service they provided on that day…One of the photos taken on that day depicts some of the stewardesses holding other album flats, while Paul McCartney is getting ready to board the plane." Also included are five second-generation photos from July 10, 1964, including the photo mentioned in Caiazzo's letter. En route to Liverpool Town Hall for a civic reception held in their honor, The Beatles encountered a throng of over 200,000 people packed between Speke airport and the motorcade course heading to the event; the outpouring was so overwhelming that the band have been cited as saying that it was the greatest reception of their career. Following this unprecedented celebration, the Beatles managed to skirt their way to Liverpool's Odeon Cinema for the northern premiere of their first full-length film. Additionally, the movie's soundtrack was also released on this date, and it spared precious little time skyrocketing to number one on the charts. Only a very limited number of these covers were signed by the band on the flight—likely less than five—elevating this cover to the pinnacle of Fab Four-signed memorabilia.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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