NEWLY DISCOVERED PHOTOGRAPHS CAPTURING EARLY DAYS OF THE BEATLES AND THE ROLLING STONES FOR SALE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, EXCLUSIVELY ON EBAY
The First 30 Limited Edition Images from U.S. Tour Manager Bob Bonis’ Private Collection for Sale, Benefitting GRAMMY® Charities
After nearly fifty years untouched, a treasure trove of rare and intimate photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be available for purchase only on eBay, beginning today. Taken by Bob Bonis, the U.S. tour manager for both bands from 1964-1966, these limited-edition photographs show the world a new, unguarded side of the rock legends during the British Invasion. These original images from the Bob Bonis Archive will be for sale exclusively on eBay, offering music enthusiasts and collectors the opportunity to browse and own a piece of rock history. New photographs from the 5,000 image archive – most never before seen – will be released on eBay over the next two years.
As tour manager and friend, Bob Bonis had unprecedented – and to this day, unparalleled – access to life on the road with two of the world’s greatest bands. His contribution to rock history is a magnificent collection of more than 5,000 candid photographs of intimate and unguarded moments – from a never-before-seen Rolling Stones recording session at Chess Records Studio in Chicago to the only close up photographs of the Beatles 1965 stadium performance in Minnesota.
Available on eBay stores, prints will begin at $175 for an 11x14 photograph (edition of 250), $385 for a 16x20 (edition of 75), and $625 for a 20x24 photograph (edition of 50). Prints will ship worldwide and are available either framed or unframed. Each photograph is estate embossed, hand-numbered and printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archival paper. All photographs are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from The GRAMMY Museum® as well as an Archive prepared package that includes a curated description of each specific photograph. Once the edition sells out, it will never be reprinted.
“eBay connects shoppers to the things they love, and the Beatles and the Rolling Stones are unequivocally two of the most revered rock bands of all time,” said Gene Cook, General Manager of Emerging Verticals for eBay Marketplaces. “Bringing the Bob Bonis Archives to eBay makes this incredible inventory available to our global community of 155 million buyers. These images offer a remarkable backstage pass to truly amazing, very human moments."
Over the next two years, the Bob Bonis Archive will regularly release new, never before seen images for sale exclusively on eBay during monthly and quarterly events. A portion of all proceeds from the first sales event will be donated to the GRAMMY Museum® and the GRAMMY Foundation® through Giving Works, the charitable arm of eBay that allows buyers and sellers to support the causes that matter most to them.