Exceptionally rare 1963–1964 official Beatles fan club membership card, 4 x 2.5, filled out with the member’s name and signature, “Thomas D. Waddell, Member Number 10366,” signed in blue ballpoint by all four Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. In very good condition, with scattered creases and soiling, and areas of light contrast to signatures against the dark text printed on the card. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, stating that the autographs were obtained backstage at the Carlton Theatre, Kirkcaldy, Scotland on October 6, 1963. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
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Rare 1962 Cavern Club membership card booklet, 2.5 x 3.75, eight pages, signed and inscribed inside in black ballpoint, “Love to Betty, from John Lennon, xxxx,” and in blue ballpoint, “Love to Betty, from Paul, xxx,” “To Betty, love from George Harrison, xxxxxx,” and “Love to Betty, from Pete Best, xxx.” Personal information has been filled out inside the front cover by the owner, Betty Griffiths, with a date of February 2, 1962. In very good condition, with heavy rubbing and soiling to covers, a few creases to interior pages, and a bit of haloing to Harrison’s signature. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks as well as a letter of provenance from Betty Griffith’s niece, stating that her aunt had frequented Cavern Club during the 1960s. An exceptionally early piece of great rarity, as the Beatles replaced Best with Ringo Starr on August 16, 1962. The Beatles played their first Cavern Club show on February 9, 1961, where they achieved great local popularity and met Brian Epstein—a crucial step in launching the band into international fame. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.
Exceptional vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of the band posing together in a row, signed in fountain pen, “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” and “Ringo Starr,” and in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney.” Reverse of photo bears a “Studio ‘4’ and Topical Press Agency,” London stamp. In very good condition, with overall scattered creasing and surface impressions (two heavier diagonal creases to lower right corner, one of which passes through Harrison’s signature) and single pinhole to top edge. Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from Roger Epperson/REAL and PSA/DNA. Research indicates that this photo was taken backstage at the Odeon Cinema Southend, May 31, 1963, where they were performing for day 13 of their UK tour with Roy Orbison. A larger-than-usually seen, boldly signed, and visually impressive image of the Fab Four.
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Original unused ticket from the Beatles concert at the Olympia Stadium on September 6, 1964. Beige ticket, 5 x 1.75, is for a balcony seat for the evening show with a price of $3.00. In fine condition, with a couple trivial scuffs to the front and mounting remnants to reverse. The band performed two concerts at the 15,000-capacity Olympia on this day as part of their huge 1964 world tour. RR Auction COA.
Four stock transfer documents, each signed by a different band member, each one page, 8 x 13, all four stamp-dated July 30, 1969, each assigning or transferring shares of stock. McCartney’s, signed ”Paul McCartney,” assigns the shares to Edelweiss Investments Limited; Lennon’s, signed “John Lennon,” assigns the shares to Daffodil Investments Limited; Harrison’s, signed “George Harrison,” assigns the shares to Cornflower Investments Limited; and Starr’s, signed “R. Starkey,” assigns the shares to Daffodil Investments Limited. The two-sided typed documents also include each band member’s home address, as well as a stamp from Triumph Investment Trust, Ltd. and embossed tax seals dated August 13th, 1969. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, in part “To find The Beatles signatures on anything from the year 1969 nearly impossible – they’re that rare. These documents relate directly to the complicated business affairs that were happening just as the band was about to break up, making them indeed a part of Beatles history”.
These shares were the Beatles’ holdings as a result of the sale of NEMS Publishing to Triumph earlier in 1969. Each form indicates a transfer amount of 735 shares to four of the seven investment companies formed on behalf of the band. These agreements represent a decision by the Beatles to transfer an equal number of shares of Triumph stock to the brokerage house Whyte, Brecher, & Gasc Ltd. Each of these transactions was made through the band members’ individual investment companies. When these agreements were signed, the Beatles were in EMI Studios putting the finishing touches on their final album, Abbey Road. On the very same day these forms were signed John recorded lead guitar overdubs on ‘Come Together’ and the band completed their first full mix-down on the famous Abbey Road medley. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Supremely rare vintage UK Beatles magazine from 1963, published by PYX, 7.25 x 9.5, 28 pages, featuring a classic color Dezo Hoffman photograph of the band in their matching gray collarless suits on the cover, beautifully signed on the color centerfold photo in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” and “Ringo Starr.” With the magazine open, the signed image measures 9.5 x 14.5. In fine condition, with a few creases to the centerfold pages. Autographs were obtained in person by a young female fan at the Princess Theater, Torquay, Devon, England, on August, 18, 1963. Although PYX magazines signed on the cover occasionally surface, this is the first time we have encountered this attractive fully signed centerfold. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Vintage 8.5 x 11.5 magazine composite photo of the band in matching suits, signed in green ballpoint, “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” and “Ringo Starr,” and in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney.” In very good condition, with a central horizontal fold, moderate contrast to Ringo’s signature and a portion of Lennon’s, some light contrast to McCartney’s signature, a few small edge tears and dings, and a bit of scattered light toning. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.