An autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been bought at Heritage Auctions in Dallas for $290,500.
The selling price far exceeded the $30,000 originally estimated for the rare record.
The album was bought by an unnamed buyer from the Midwest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has been bought for $290,500
The sale also broke the previous record for a similar item, the entertainment magazine reported.
The UK Parlophone copy of the album includes a high gloss cover and gatefold. According to the Hollywood Reporter it was believed to have been autographed by all four Beatles near its release in June 1967.
The Heritage Auctions, which ran the sale, described it as “one of the most spectacular jewels in our auction”.
Speaking before the sale, Beatles expert Perry Cox said: “With my being thoroughly immersed in Beatles collectibles for over 30 years, it takes something extraordinarily special to excite me, but I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I’ve ever seen – the other being a signed copy of Meet The Beatles.”
The album features an official souvenir programme of the fourth annual Beatles Convention of Cavern Mecca, dated August 26, 1984.
The previous record for a signed Beatles album cover was $150,000 which was paid for a copy of the 1964 record, Meet the Beatles in 2011.
Rare pictures of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, who bluffed his way backstage, have sold for £30,000 ($47,000).
Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get next to the stage for the historic New York show.
The only other photographer present ran out of film during the gig.
Marc Weinstein’s 61 black and white images with copyright fetched £30,680, compared with a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£20,000, Omega Auctions said.
Rare pictures of The Beatles’ 1965 Shea Stadium concert, taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, who bluffed his way backstage, have sold for £30,000
Shea Stadium was The Beatles’ biggest concert – and the biggest ever pop concert by any group up to that date.
It came at the height of Beatlemania and the band’s music was famously drowned out by the screams of the 55,000-strong crowd.
Marc Weinstein later recalled how he used a home-made press pass to con a policeman into escorting him to the stage area.
“I just blended with everybody there,” he said.
“I had a method of operation; I just acted like I belonged. Anybody in authority, I would look the other way.”
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said the successful bidder was “a South American gentleman currently living in Washington [who] is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia”.
A further collection of 65 unpublished color slides of The Beatles taken by physicist Dr. Robert “Bob” Beck in 1964 sold for £27,140 ($42,000). They had an estimate of £10,000-£15,000.