Every year my place of work organises the Annual Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction and I get to write about the items as they come in for sale over at the official auction blog – www.beatlesauction.co.uk
I’ve seen so much over the years that it takes something really special to pique my interest these days (after all, we did once find a missing McCartney demo).
I thought I’d share some of my favourite of this year’s lots below complete with links to their blog posts. You can download the auction catalogue from the auction site to browse at your leisure. And of course, you can scan through the posts there too for more information on some of the stuff.
139 A silver finish trophy on a black base, 7″ high for a special award to Bill Harry, editor of Mersey Beat Entertainments Paper in recognition of outstanding services to all entertainers. Presented by Joe Flannery 1962 (1) £350-£450
148 Poster print of Mike McCartney’s photograph of Paul McCartney climbing the drainpipe at Forthlin Road, signed by Mike who has also added the words “tewk dis pic”. A sticker on the reverse states that this is from the personal memorabilia collection of Don Andrew of The Remo Four. (1) £200-£250
150 Ticket stub for the World Premiere of Help! at the London Pavillion 26th July 1965 along with a programme for the event and the dress that the vendor wore on the day. Comes with a letter of provenance from the vendor and a mono copy of A Hard Day’s Night LP (4) £1200-£1600
178 Beatles Fan Club card with printed Paul McCartney signature, the vendor has noted on the reverse that they were given the card by Paul’s father when they met him in Liverpool on 12th April 1964. (1) £40-£50
240 Sample jacket made to show to The Beatles by Frank Till of Ian Mankin Ltd. The jacket was taken to the band during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night and sometime later John can be seen in a similar jacket in photographs from the Pigman Ranch in September 1964. Comes with a letter of provenance. This item is being sold in aid of Cats Protection. (1) £500-£700
246 1964 GIBSON FIREBIRD 3 with a tailpiece later added from a Gibson Firebird 5. It was the first of its kind in the UK and has been owned by Tony Crane MBE of The Merseybeats since new. It was played on the recordings of The Merseybeats hit records: Don’t Turn Around, Wishin’ & Hopin’, I Stand Accused, Last Night, I Love You Yes I Do. It was also played on the hit record Sorrow (The Merseys) alongside Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones who were session musicians at the time as well as on hit recordings, television appearances and live gigs from 1964 through to the 1990s. The guitar body was then refurbished and kept at home for private use. (1) Estimate £12000-£13000
247 Two VOX AC30 AMP STANDS. One of these stands was previously owned by John Lennon who swapped his with Tony Crane MBE (witnessed by Billy Kinsley and Aaron Williams) for one of his new stands on castor wheels. The second is a newer one. The Merseybeats ceased using these stands in the 1970s and have been in storage ever since. (2) Estimate £2000-£3000