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.
Supremely desirable vintage UK Beatles 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, signed on the front cover in dark ballpoint, “John Lennon,” “Paul McCartney,” “George Harrison,” and “Ringo Starr.” A few ceases and mild stains to cover, otherwise fine condition; the magazine remains tightly bound with crisp, extremely clean interior pages. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, which reads, in part: “These signatures are found on a fan booklet which was put out by PYX Productions in Great Britain in late 1963…These signatures date from late 1963/early 1964. This is a great image to have signed by The Beatles, as it is one of the early iconic poses that helped to endear the band to their growing legion of fans.” Color images fully signed by the Beatles from this period are seldom seen and among the most sought after of all modern music autographs. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Vintage Parlophone Belgian 45 rpm record sleeve for ‘She Loves You/I’ll Get You,’ signed on the front in ballpoint next to their images, “Paul McCartney xxx,” “John Lennon,” “Ringo Starr,” and “George Harrison.” In fine condition, with some scattered light edge wear, creases, and small tears near opening, a bit of minor surface loss along spine, and a mild album impression to sleeve. The record is not included. Consignor notes that signatures were originally obtained at a signing at the Waidele Reckord Shop in Boras, Sweden, in 1963, where the band made only a half-hour appearance on October 28, leaving thousands of fans disappointed. Later that day they performed one show at the Borashallen, playing nine songs, including ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘From Me to You,’ and ‘She Loves You.’ An uncommon sleeve and one of only a small number of items that found its way into the band’s hands during their quick appearance. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Ticket to the Beatles concert at the Grosvenor in Norwich, held on May 17, 1963, 3.5 x 2.25, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” “Ringo Starr xxx,” and “George Harrison.” In fine condition, with Paul’s and George’s signatures passing across a small stamp, expected handling wear, and some light toning along left edge. This was the band’s final stop on their 1963 spring tour, where they played two 20-minute sets in front of a capacity crowd of 1700 adoring fans. Ironically, the band had been turned down by one promoter due to the fact they only had one hit at the time. By May 17, the band had the number one single and album in the country. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.