Rare 1964 unpublished photos, color Beatles footage to be auctioned
January 27, 2015
A collection of unreleased Beatles photos from 1964 featuring the group rehearsing for “The Ed Sullivan Show” and on several stops from their U.S. debut, plus roughly 3½ minutes of rare color footage of the Beatles backstage at the ABC Blackpool Theatre in the UK in 1964 will both go under the hammer Feb. 5 in the UK, Invaluable.com announced Jan. 26. The items are being sold by Ewbank's auction house.
Items from Ewbank's auction in early February. (Invaluable.com - used by permission. )
Lot 121B will feature 109 black-and-white original negatives with previously unseen and unreleased images from the band's first tour of the U.S. The pictures will show them in Washington, D.C., on the train to New York, on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and rehearsing in Miami. The pictures are being sold with full copyright.
Lot 121B. Estimated Price: £8,000 - £12,000
The color film footage (Lot 121C) was made by Chas McDevitt, who appeared on stage with the Beatles that evening. The footage, which has no sound, shows The Beatles backstage, chatting and laughing. Though the auction house, Ewbank's, calls the footage the earliest known color footage available of the group, color footage had previously surfaced from 1962 almost a decade ago. The film comes with a letter of authenticity from McDevitt and is being sold with the copyright by the current owner. The film is estimated by the auction house to be worth between £7,000 to £9,000 ($10,562 to $13,582 USD).
Lot 121C . Estimated Price: £7,000 - £9,000
Also being sold by Ewbank's on Feb. 5 is a handbill (Lot 82) from a 1963 gig at the Rialto York Theatre with the Beatles playing as a supporting act on a bill headlined by Chris Montez and Tommy Roe and a used ticket from a 1963 show at Fairfield Hall, Croyden that comes with a piece of paper from the Official Beatles Fan Club that says “With Compliments from Freda Kelly, National Secretary.” Freda Kelly was the subject of a documentary, “Good Ol' Freda,” about her years of work with the fan club.
Lot 82 . Estimated Price: £150 - £250
Lot 11 . Estimated Price: £80 - £120
Lot 30: The Beatles, Pin-Up Screamers, Gordon Currie Limited, 1964, unopened . Estimated Price: £80 - £120