Top 10: Beatles records
This rare US-issued LP features songs by the Beatles and British pop singer Frank Ifield.
It was released in 1964 by Vee-Jay, shortly before the company’s right to publish Beatles material expired in October of that year.
Stereo versions of the album are particularly rare, which explains why a copy sold for £13,500 in 1995.1
7. Beatles Butcher Cover - £16,000
The Beatles Butcher Cover is the album cover initially used for the Beatles’ 1966 US release Yesterday and Today.
Famed for its controversial depiction of the Fab Four with bloody meat and dolls’ limbs, most copies were posted over with a more conventional cover by record company Capitol.
A factory sealed Butcher Cover album sold for £16,000 at Heritage Auction Galleries in February 2011. It is thought there are only 25 sealed copies with the original cover in existence.
6. 0000005 pressing of the White Album - £19,201
This mono pressing of the 1968 release The Beatles, better known as the White Album, sold for £19,201 on eBay in 2008.
Each pressing was granted its own unique number. The first four were given to the Beatles, although none have as yet appeared on the market. Version 0000005 was offered to an anonymous musician in 1968 and has since had several owners.2
5. A Hard Days Night signed by all four Beatles - £22,800
A signed A Hard Days Night album cover was sold by Sotheby's for £22,800 in 2006. Approximately eight to 10 signed A Hard Days Night covers are known to exist.
The album was issued on 10 July 1964 in the UK, 4 days after the release of the film by the same name.
4. Signed Rubber Soul album - £25,850
An autographed copy of the 1965 second mono pressing of Rubber Soul, signed by all four Beatles, made £25,850 at Sotheby’s in December 2002.
The signatures were obtained by a resident of Wapping, London where the Beatles attended a photo shoot in July 1968.
3. Signed copy of Meet the Beatles - £70,000
A signed copy of Meet the Beatles made £70,000 in 2006 at an ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com auction.
It was given as a gift to George’s sister Lou.
The Meet the Beatles 1964 album was the second US release for the Fab Four, despite claiming to be the first on the sleeve.
Another copy, signed by the Beatles and offered to Dr Jules Gordon, who had treated George for a sore throat on February 8 1964, a day before the Beatles made their US television debut on the Ed Sullivan show, sold for £39,000 at a Case Antiques auction in May 2011.
2. The Quarrymen That’ll be the Day acetate - c. £100,000
The Quarrymen were the precursor to the Beatles, and featured John, Paul and George alongside other members. In 1958 they produced an acetate recording of Buddy Holly's That’ll Be the Day, with a McCartney and Harrison composition, In Spite of all the Danger, on the flip side.
Only one copy was ever made, and it is currently owned by Paul McCartney. It has been valued at £100,000 by Record Collector magazine.3
1. Signed Copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - $290,000
A UK Parlophone copy of The Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with autographed iconic gatefold of the four in their colourful faux-military dress, sold for $290,000 at Heritage Auctions in March 2013.
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