Lot 7014: Beatles Signed Menu
Highly unusual British Overseas Airways Corporation menu from February 1965, reading “B. O. A. C. welcomes aboard Beatles Bahamas Special” on the front cover, 4.5 x 7, signed in black ballpoint by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, and three times by John Lennon. Handsomely archivally mounted on a museum-quality border, matted, and framed to an overall size of 12.75 x 15.25. In very good condition, with a stain touching portions of the Starr and Harrison signatures. Accompanied by a glossy 8 x 10 black and white photo of the Beatles in the Bahamas. Consignor notes that on this particular flight Lennon signed two other individual menus three times each just like this; the example offered here originated from a BOAC stewardess who corroborated this. The Beatles arrived in the Bahamas on February 23, 1965, to shoot the movie Help!, their second feature film. Although it was well received, most critics agreed that it did not live up to its predecessor, A Hard Day’s Night. Still, the soundtrack included a handful of the Beatles’ greatest hits—‘Help!,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ and ‘Yesterday’ among these most popular tracks. A rare piece considering its three Lennon signatures.
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