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Signed Beatles’ LP could fetch world record.

Two days ago I got the catalog from It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll in the mail.  It is great bathroom reading, and it was totally free.  I was erading it all night last night, and simply drooling over those things that I can’t afford.  I was joking with my wife that I was to refinance our 1 year old house to try to score some of the awesome Beatles ephemera found in the catalog.  She didn’t find it funny.

I highly recommend checking out the auction before it closes.  They have great descriptions, with stories about each artifact.  Some interesteing stuff for you memorabilia freaks…Oh Yeah, and they have George’s sister’s signed Meet the Beatles LP with little notes to Lou.  It is impressive, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it does set a new record for a record.

Here’s what we’ve read.

George Harrison sister’s “Meet The Beatles” signed LP is heading for a world record for a set of Beatles Autographs as the one and only copy belonging to Louise Harrison with photo documentation and eye-witness authentication sells Dec. 16 at ItsOnlyRockNRoll.com Catalog Online Auction.

On February 11, 1964, just two days after the Beatles historic first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in New York, the band boarded a train en route to Washington, D.C., where they played their first U.S. concert before a paying audience at the Washington Coliseum.

On the train with the Beatles were reporters, as well as members of the Beatles entourage including Louise Harrison, George’s sister. Midway through the trip, Beatle road manager Neil Aspinall presented Louise with a promotionally stamped copy of the groups’ first US release on Capitol records, “Meet The Beatles.”

A short while later, right there on the spot, all four band members signed the reverse of the LP cover in black ballpoint pen as follows; John wrote “To Lou many love from John Lennon X”; Paul wrote “To Louise with love from your older brother !! Paul McCartney XXX.”; George wrote “To Lou with Love from “Brother” !! George Harrison”; Ringo wrote “To Lou Lots of Love Ringo Starr XXX.”

All four signatures are excellent and complete examples from this historic time period. This cover has been personally consigned by Louise herself, who has treasured this keepsake from the day it was signed. The cover was recently on display at the Clinton Museum.

Louise was interviewed with the album on the Larry King show and a clip is included with this lot. This first issue cover comes with the original accompanying vinyl in VG+ condition. The LP cover itself has some seam splitting and has small front tear at the letter E. On John’s signature, the pen has skipped slightly on the letter “h” and also on the first letter “n” in his last name, however the entire signature can be seen. On the tail end of the signature John took the time to go over the final letters and redo the “X”.

Such a well documented and personally connected set of Beatles autographs has rarely been offered for sale. The fact that it is on one of the most desirable record jackets to have signed by the band makes this perhaps the ultimate signed Beatles LP. In the history of the hobby, this is only the 9th authentic signed American LP cover to surface according to all the experts and historians, based on documented history of past auctions worldwide and all known private sales. With such impeccable provenance this very well could be the ‘Holy Grail’ of signed Beatles LP covers. Comes with LOA from Frank Caiazzo.

ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com is the leader in sales of authentic rare Rock n Roll memorabilia, with bi-annual catalog auctions setting world records in Beatles memorabilia and autographs, rock n roll and live concert posters, celebrity personal effects and awards.

The auction will feature investment grade, museum quality artifacts, writings and autographs of The Beatles besides George Harrison’s sister, Louise’s, personal copy of the LP “Meet The Beatles” album hand signed at the time by all four Beatles and given to her on the train to their first US concert in Washington D.C. It is expected to fetch in excess of $100,000. It is one of fewer than ten US signed Beatles albums known to exist. It is the rarest and most desirable example of an autographed Beatles album ever offered for sale, with unparalleled authenticity from Louise Harrison.

There are signed contracts, letters, checks, program concert books, both group and solo autographs, all authenticated by Frank Caiazzo, the world recognized leading expert on Beatles autographs and handwriting. There are sets representing the various line-ups as The Beatles employed other drummer’s in the course of their career including drummer Pete Best, who preceded Ringo, and fill-in drummer Jimmy Nicol. John Lennon’s actual signature and instructions that was used for the cover of his LP “Walls & Bridges” estimated at $9,000-$12,000. A check signed by both John Lennon and Paul McCartney that is estimated at $7,000-$10,000.

ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com owner Marc Zakarin says “Rock n roll memorabilia and especially Beatles autographs and concert posters have never been hotter or more in demand and this auction will offer the cream of the crop in these fields and beyond.”

Other autographs and writings include Mick Jagger handwritten lyrics, Bob & Sara Dylan signed agreements, a Jimi Hendrix contract as well as autographs from Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones and many others.

ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com offers the opportunity to purchase a very rare, full color, live concert film of The Beatles in Detroit, a never before heard interview with John & Yoko by Howard Smith and a backstage impromptu performance at The Fillmore East, both offered with copyright. Another audio highlight of the auction is Bob Dylan’s earliest recordings from 1961

The Joe Hilton Beatles Promotional Poster and Display Collection featuring the scarce holy grail of promotional displays, an in store motorized display for their Capitol Records debut “Meet The Beatles” is expected to bring $25,000-$35,000.

There is a Dove ornament obtained from fabled musician Ronnie Hawkins that John Lennon was photographed holding on the famous Rolling Stone magazine cover. Plus Dee Dee Ramone’s 1992 unpublished Autobiography Manuscript with handwritten notes, and a group of autographed Ramones concert posters.

Concert Posters offered include The Beatles Xmas show at the Odeon in the UK, an oversized cardboard boxing style Otis Redding at Boston Garden, the rarest Grateful Dead poster for a concert in Hawaii that was cancelled in 1969 known as Hawaiian Aoxomoxoa by Rick Griffin, the rarest poster from Bill Graham’s series advertising a 1967 Toronto Grateful Dead concert, A 1955 Elvis Presley concert poster, a 1956 Bill Haley and Chuck Berry “Biggest Show” boxing style concert poster, an extensive collection of posters from concerts in the Boston area and the original art from concert posters by Rick Griffin and Stanley Mouse for concerts by The Doors, Bob Dylan and Grateful Dead.

Rare vinyl includes “Sgt. Pepper” acetates from the UK which belonged to Magic Alex with alternate material, and a serial #6 Beatles UK WHITE Album, both of which are valued at up to $25,000. “The Screw,” a 45 record that Phil Spector put out to finish up his contract and the complete set of Elvis Presley Sun records singles valued at over $15,000 round out the record material.

Guitars include Robbie MacIntosh’s guitars used on stage with Paul McCartney, Dweezil Zappa’s guitar, a Traveling Wilbury’s guitar signed by George Harrison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, blues legend Roy Buchanan’s guitar and guitars signed by Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, Black Sabbath and many others.

Mick Jagger’s Stage Worn Top Hat with photo identification (a key aspect to authenticating memorabilia), a scarf worn by Mick at the premiere of the film “Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones,” Jerry Garcia’s black T-shirt and harmonica, a Michael Jackson personally owned, worn and signed Fedora, John Lennon’s shirt, worn on the 1966 International tour with superb documentation and photo identification, John owned and worn French Blue Jeans, Elton John outfits, and Cab Calloway’s hat.

Source: PR.com


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