We had some fabulous items in this sale including the 'holy grail' demo record as reported on BBC:
THE RECORD THAT LAUNCHED THE BEATLES
One of the rarest and most collectable of all Beatles records is expected to sell for over £10,000 when it comes up for sale next month. The unique ten-inch 78RPM acetate record featuring ‘Hello Little Girl’ on one side and ‘Till There Was You’ on the other was cut at the HMV record store on Oxford St London before being presented by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to George Martin (EMI) in his desperate attempt to get them a recording contract. This meeting, despite Martin’s initial reticence, was to eventually lead to the breakthrough they were looking for.
In his book Tune In, the leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said of the disc, ‘Its uniqueness is enhanced by Brian Epstein’s handwriting on the labels, and the recognition of what it led to – making it one of the rarest and most collectable of all Beatles records.’
According to Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide Editor “This is one of those Holy Grail items like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets.”
The record is being sold by Omega Auctions of Warrington on behalf of Les Maguire of Gerry and the Pacemakers. He was given it by Brian Epstein in 1963 after the disc had been returned to him by George Martin. This is the first time it has come to the marketplace, having been locked away in Maguire’s loft until now.
On the 20th March 1964 The Beatles released Can't Buy Me Love and in the second of our Beatles Anniversary Auctions, we marked the 50th anniversary of the release with a one off auction for Beatles collectors worldwide. The auction, which took place on the 50th anniversary, 20th March 2014, contained a large collection of rare vinyl and memorabilia with items to suit all budgets, so Beatles collectors everywhere could get involved.
As well as it being a live auction where collectors can bid in person, the sale was broadcast live over the internet so that collectors could bid from anywhere in the world.
Entries are being accepted for our 2016 Beatles sale. Items accepted include Beatles tickets, original Beatles Posters, Beatles autographs, Beatles clothing, Beatles programmes, handwritten artefacts, vinyl records and generally everything related to the Beatles...
Press Release 4th March 2014 - HISTORIC BEATLES PIANO UP FOR SALE
A piano over 100 years old, used by John Lennon and Paul McCartney whilst filming Help! in 1965 is to be sold. The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand piano was situated in Twickenham studios from around the 1930's up until its purchase from the studio by film director, Richard Lester in the late 1960’s. It has undoubtedly been used by a number of important stars of stage and film but most significantly it was used by Lennon and McCartney during the filming of Help!, making it a fantastic piece of Beatles history.
82 year old Lester, was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, directing The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’, ‘Help!’ and Superman during the 1980s amongst others. Lester recalls "When the film was being written under the imaginative working title 'Beatles Two', the writers and I wanted to call it 'Help'. Unfortunately, we were informed by copyright lawyers that someone else had registered that title, so Ringo helpfully offered 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (relating to the multi-armed statue in the script). Needless to say there wasn't a huge amount of enthusiasm to write that title song, but we carried on until it came close to shooting the title sequence for the film. Another desperate phone call to the lawyers resulted but fortunately we were informed that if we added an exclamation mark (!) we could use this as a title so the film arrived at its new title ‘HELP!’. Once we received this news we immediately arranged a meeting with The Beatles and the crew to inform them and set them to the task of writing a song to go with the title. They started on this immediately at the studio using the Bechstein piano and continued working on it on their car journey home and throughout that evening. The next morning they arrived at the studio with the track ready to show us and promptly played it on the piano a number of times. When we heard the song, we knew it was right and I think it was shortly after that they went into Abbey Road and recorded the song and the rest is history."
Lester continues "Later on, when coming to the end of the shooting of the film, Paul was spending a lot of time at the piano composing and fine tuning “Yesterday” or the “Scrambled Eggs” song as it was originally entitled by Paul. He was playing it that much that I actually threatened to remove the piano off the set if he didn’t finish the song soon and give it a rest. When it was released in August 1965 Paul actually sent me a copy with a note attached saying “I’m glad you didn’t take the piano away – hope you like the “Scrambled Eggs” song now!”.
The piano which expected to sell for over £50,000 is part of an auction of over 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and vinyl records to be hosted by Omega Auctions on 20th March 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles number one hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”.
Press Release 9th February 2014 - RARE BEATLES JACKETS UNDER THE HAMMER
Rare jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the filming of The Beatles 1965 film Help! are to go up for sale. The comedy adventure, directed by Richard Lester, sees the group come up against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge. The jackets which were worn throughout the five days of filming in the Alps and also feature on the iconic album cover of the soundtrack, are expected to sell for in excess of £50,000.
The jackets have come from Lester’s private collection. The 82 year old, was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, directing The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’, ‘Help!’ and Superman during the 1980s amongst others.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says “as Beatles clothing goes these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block!”. Fairweather continues “the coats are tailored and very stylish and if I had the money to afford them I would wear them without hesitation.”
The sale is part of an auction of over 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and vinyl records to be hosted by Omega Auctions on 20th March 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles number one hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”.
Further highlights from our 2014 Beatles Catalogue...
Lot 170: Paul McCartney Give My Regards To Broad St suit.
Est £8,000 - £10,000
Lot 226: Collection of 43 b/w negatives (with copyright). Est £6,000 - £8,000
Lot 171: Paul McCartney cape from 1964.
Est £10,000 - £15,000
Lot 225: Collection of 31 colour transparencies (with copyright).
Est £6,000 - £8,000
Lot 227: Stuart Sutcliffe Painting
Est £6,000 - £8,000
Lot 229: Signed Programme
Est £6,000 - £8,000
Lot 96: Black and Gold Stereo Please Please Me
Est £3,500 - £4,500
Lot 217: Beatles Hair Clippings
Est £2,000 - £4,000
Lot 23: Beatles Yellow Submarine Export Album
Est £1,500 - £2,000
Lot 149: Apple Records Table and Chair
Est £1,000 - £1,500
Highlights from our 2013 Beatles Auction...
Lot 294: 61 images from Shea Stadium 1965 performance (with copyright). Sold for £30,000
Collection of 64 colour slides from August 1964 by Dr Robert Beck (with copyright). Sold for £26,500
Lot 285: 28 b/w negatives from 1965 performance at Teatro Adriano, Rome (with copyright). Sold for £5,300
Lot 218: Stereo black & gold Please Please Me coupled with a great set of autographs on a magazine page. Sold for £8,000
Lot 246: Set of autographs on reverse of a dinner menu. Sold for £4,600
Lot 170: Set of Autographs on front/reverse of publicity photo - 7 signatures into total. Sold for £4,000
Lot 180: Set of Autographs. Sold for £3,680.
Lot 225: Stuart Sutcliffe Self Portrait next to Paul McCartney.