Top 10: Rare American Beatles records
10) The Beatles vs The Four Seasons - $4,481
Vee-Jay Records’ last attempt to market Introducing…The Beatles in a new format before their rights to the songs ran out in 1964. The record combined the early US hits of The Beatles with those of Vee-Jay’s other supergroup, The Four Seasons.
Sold for $4,481 at Heritage Auctions in April 2006.
9) Introducing… The Beatles - $8,962
A lovely copy of the first US Beatles album produced by Vee-Jay records in a frame.
It sold for $8,962 at Heritage Auctions in April 2006.
8) Introducing… The Beatles - $14,999
The first US Beatles album, released by Vee-Jay records in 1964, was Introducing… The Beatles.
A copy sold on eBay for $14,999 in July 2012.
7) The Beatles and Frank Ifield on Stage - $19,120
The rarest Vee-Jay Beatles releases. This was a portrait cover version dating from 1964, in fact the second version – the original ‘Jolly What’ woodcut art version was unpopular.
6) The Beatles (Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers) - $30,000
The rarest US Beatles single in existence, this was released by Decca Records in 1962. Most of the few copies made were trashed, so these are particularly rare.
It sold for $30,000 at Heritage Auctions in March 2012.
5) Signed copy of Revolver - $34,614
A rare signed copy of the US Capitol release of Revolver (1966). Signed for former US manager of Apple Records Ken Mansfield in 1966.
It sold for £21,600 (approx. $34,614) at Sotheby’s in September 2003.
4) Ask me Why/Anna single - $35,000
1964 Vee-Jay single featuring Ask me Why and Anna sold in July 2012. Only five of these were produced, and they were handed out to radio stations to test the water for the band.
It sold for $35,000 at Heritage Auctions in July 2012.
3) Beatles Yesterday & Today butcher cover - $38,837
The infamous rejected ‘Butcher cover’ for the album Yesterday and Today (Capitol records, 1966). A sealed example.
It sold for $38,837 at Heritage Auctions in April 2006. Also sold at Heritage for $21,510 in 2008, and $26,290 in 2011.
2) Signed copy of Meet the Beatles - $65,000
Meet the Beatles (Capitol Records, 1964) was the band’s second US release (though it claimed to be the first). This signed copy belonging to Dr Jules Gordon who treated George for a sore throat a day before the Beatles’ first US television debut on the Ed Sullivan show. It is inscribed: ‘Thanks for jabs’.
It sold for $55,000 at a Case Antiques auction in May 2011, and again in October 2011 for $65,000.
1) Signed copy of Meet the Beatles - $137,000
Meet the Beatles (Capitol Records, 1964) was the band’s second US release (though it claimed to be the first). This signed copy was gifted by George Harrison to his sister Lou.
It sold for £70,000 (approx $137,000) at an ItsOnlyRockNRoll auction in 2006.
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