Handbag signed by Neil Armstrong and Beatles collectibles up for auction in Croydon
Posted: March 11, 2014
BEATLES memorabilia and a handbag signed by astronaut Neil Armstrong are to go on auction in Croydon.
The sale includes a 1964 NEMS record player, which is one of the earliest pieces of Beatles merchandise.
Only 5,000 were made and, while they rarely come up for sale, one has been listed for Catherine Southon’s next auction at The Chateau in Shirley Hills on March 26.
The record player features a print of the Fab Four as well as facsimile autographs. Though it is not in mint condition, it is estimated the record player will fetch between £1,000 and £2,000.
A boxed set of car mascot ‘Bobbin Head’ Beatles dolls is expected to sell for up to £400.
The set is in its original, slightly damaged box, and the dolls, which are around eight inches tall, are popular with collectors.
The third and final piece of Beatles merchandise is a 1964 Dutch polka dot mini dress in beige and white with the faces of John, Paul, George and Ringo printed on it.
It is in very good condition and could sell for £250.
Other lots include a handbag signed by Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon. It was autographed in the mid-1980s for its owner at a charity event. It is estimated to be worth between £1,000 and £2,000.
Catherine Southon, who has appeared on BBC antiques programmes, said: “I was really excited to be shown the Beatles memorabilia at a recent valuation day.
“Although they did not belong to anyone famous, the fact that they have survived for this long in such good condition is quite remarkable.
“The Beatles are still seen as the greatest and most influential rock band and I know that their fans are always keen to add rare merchandise to their collections.”
The Beatles record player could fetch up to £2,000
These Beatles dolls are popular with collectors
This Beatles dress is up for auction in Croydon