Friday 16 August 2013

BUY, BUY ME DO! - News of the Annual Beatle Auction at LIPA (August 24)

World wide Beatlemania is alive and well fifty years after the Fab Four’s formation – and that is official ! Just weeks before the Beatles 22nd Memorabilia auction on Saturday August 24th, Stephen Bailey, Manager of The Beatles Shop in Mathew Street in the heart of Liverpool’s Cavern Club quarter, said, “I just cannot believe it. Every year we feel that the quality and number of items offered for auction must decrease and we are always proved wrong. It is amazing - people just keep coming into the shop month after month with the most unusual things.” At this year’s auction at the Paul McCartney Auditorium at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts in Mount Street, world wide interest will be focussed on 322 items to go under auctioneer John Crane’s hammer. The auction is timed to coincide with The Beatles Worldwide Convention in Liverpool. “Early inquiries about this year’s auction have attracted interest in America, Japan and all over Europe. There are some very rare items for sale,” said Stephen. They include two previously unseen photographs of The Beatles in the Cavern Club signed on the reverse by Paul, Ringo and George with Paul signing for John. (estimated value £3,250 - £3, 750 each).

Some more of the highlights include: 

Fan Club Night card signed by five Beatles – this promotional card from a special fan club night down in the Cavern Club was signed by all four Beatles at the time including Pete Best and not long afterwards was also signed by Ringo Starr. It is expected to reach between £4750-£5500 in the August auction.


facebook_722694652Jumping ahead to 1967 this set of Beatles autographs was obtained when they were filming the I Am The Walrus sequence for Magical Mystery Tour at RAF West Malling. After they stopped touring it was harder to find all the Beatles in one place therefore full sets of autographs from the latter part of the 60s are rare. This set, which includes a few other Magical Mystery Tour cast members has been valued at £5000-£6000

Extremely early autographs are very popular, but there’s not too many as early as these by John Lennon. These two school text books are from Quarry Bank school in Liverpool and both were signed out by John while he was at the school. The books carry an estimate of £2000-£2750 each.


Another personal item of John Lennon’s that is up for auction this year is his tie. This black knitted piece of neckwear was given to a fan in the Cavern Club in 1962. A letter detailing the circumstances comes with this item. Anyone looking to buy this unusual piece of Beatle memorabilia can expect to pay £1700-£1800 for it.

Tickets to early Beatles shows are extremely collectible. There are so few about because they either played un-ticketed club bookings or tickets were collected at the door and later binned en masse. The ticket below is for a staff dance at Lewis’s Department store in Liverpool. The club listed on the ticket was on the 6th floor of the building. The estimate for this very rare ticket is £2250-£2500

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For the first time, the auction also includes items from St Peter's Church in Woolton, where John and Paul officially met for the very first time! The Church Sign (although from a later date) and is being sold on behalf of the church to raise funds.

Estimate £100-£150

Also from St. Peter's Church, this wooden block is from the floor of the Church Hall and dates back to the fifties so it is from where and when that fateful meeting took place. Again it is being sold to raise funds for the Church and gives a lucky buyer the opportunity to own a small piece of Beatles history. 

Estimate £50-£75

Both items will be accompanied by a letter from St Peter's Church. 

Other items in the auction include:

  • Rare BeatlesJunior guitar by Mastro complete with original packaging US c1964 (£2,500 - £2,750).
  • Airport embarkation card from 1964 signed on the reverse by all four Beatles. With COA from Tracks (£2,000 - £2,225).
  • Peter Kaye photograph of the Beatles at the Liverpool Building in Liverpool signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. (£2,000 - £2,500).
  • Please Please Me signed single. John, Paul and Ringo on one side, George on the other. All signatures are faint (£3,800 - £4,250).
  • A Cavern Brick (£200-£260) and piece of the original Cavern Stage (£1800-£2000)
  • Front door of 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, the former home of the McCartney Family. They lived there from around 1955 to 1964. Measures 80”x32”. Several early Beatles songs would have been written behind this door. Comes with a letter from Sheila Jones who occupied the house after the McCartneys moved out and had the door replaced in the late 70’s. (Estimate – contact Stephen, Beatles Auction).

Auction Details:

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction will be held at The Paul McCartney Auditorium at The Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.
See here for location details.

The auction will be held on Saturday 24th August, from 10am.

Entry is by catalogue. These will be available in advance from the The Beatles Shop on Mathew Street or on the door on the day (and the viewing day)

A viewing day for the items for sale in the auction will be held on Friday 23th August from 11am to 4pm at The Paul McCartney Auditorium.  Entry to this is free.

Please note, there will be no time to view any of the items on the morning of the auction.
Auction Catalogue:

The 2013 Liverpool Beatles Auction catalogue is available later from the Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street.
Catalogues are free, but we do have to charge for postage and packaging where applicable.
Here's how to get a copy: 
- if you're local, pop in and pick one up. 
- if you're in the UK, write your name and address on an A5 sized envelope with a large letter stamp on it and pop it in another envelope addressed to Auction Catalogue, The Beatles Shop, 31 Mathew Street, Liverpool, L2 6RE.  Please note if you affix the wrong kind of stamp you may be charged extra postage when the catalogue arrives with you.
- if you're overseas, email us at for details of how to pay the postage fees for us to send the catalogue to you. Put Catalogue Request in the subject line.
- if you are coming to Liverpool for Beatle Week someone should be in the lounge or foyer of the Adelphi handing out catalogues on the Friday of the viewing day and the Saturday morning before the auction.
- Catalogues will also be available at the auction venue on the viewing day and the day of the auction.

The catalogue is also available to download by clicking this link.
Full details of the auction can be found at the Auction website:

1 comment:

  1. This is amazing. I have been a Beatle lover and devout follower all my life since 1963 when i first saw them on Jack Parr Show right which i believe was just before Ed Sullivan and fell madly in love with Paul McCartney as a young girl of 13 you always go for the pretty boy and at 15 i was a Rebel so naturally fell in love with the Rebel Beatle John Lennon and these are my two loves.. I dont like to use the word Fan it sounds so light hearted . I have fallen in love all over again 40 yrs later with the Beatles and Paul and John and its so exciting and listening to the Beatles music in a new mindset truly brings me back to those great days of my youth > When i listen to the Beatles Music i am young again.. That screaming teenage girl with stars in her eyes and madly in love with Beatles. But now that i am older i can truly appreciate teh amazing talent of each of them in their songwriting and musicianship There magic in their vocals.. The Harmonies that is what made them so Magical and the chemistry between them on stage.. Lennon/McCartney just the best song writing duo ever in music history . So this is so wonderful to have this blog re the auction to own a piece of Beatle Magic and History > Thanks your Sincerely Rosemary .> Beatles Girl 4 Ever