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AUCTION HOUSE TO STARS HAS ANNOUNCED THE BEATLES
THE RARE AND ORIGINAL STAGE OF THE FAB FOUR'S FIRST PERFORMANCE, PAUL McCARTNEY'S "HEY JUDE" HANDWRITTEN LYRICS AND JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO'S "BAGISM" DRAWING AMONG HIGHLIGHTS OF AUCTION EVENT COMMEMORATING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEATLES' HISTORIC BREAKUP
Friday, April 10th Julien's Live
Los Angeles, California - Julien's Auctions, the world record-breaking auction house to the stars, has announced THE BEATLES, to take place on the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four's historic breakup on Friday, April 10th live online at juliensauctions.com.
Julien's Auctions will present nearly 250 Beatles items featuring some never-before-seen memorabilia, guitars and instruments, autographed items, rare vinyl, obscure licensed material and other rare and collectible artifacts.
One of the headlines of the annual Beatlemania auction extravaganza is the rare and original stage from the first Beatles performance. The band performed on this stage at Lathom Hall in Liverpool, England on May 14, 1960 for one night only as The Silver Beats (their original band name) in their first advertised concert booked by Liverpool promoter Brian Kelly. The stage, steeped in Beatles legend, was also the scene of the infamous fight involving original bass player Stu Sutcliffe, which some claim led to his death sixteen months later due to head injuries received during this fight. John Lennon also broke a finger in the scuffle while coming to the aid of his friend. The group, whose name became The Silver Beetles and then finally as The Beatles, would play at Lathom Hall on ten more occasions. Their final performance at Lathom Hall was on February 25, 1961, George Harrison's 18th Birthday. The stage (shown right), measuring 19 feet 8 inches x 9 feet 10 inches, from the hall built in 1884, has been meticulously removed and numbered so that it could easily be reassembled in the future. The stage's original wood planks have remained untouched with their Victorian era nails still anchored in the floor joists and is accompanied by a letter from Brian Corrigan, who purchased Lathom Hall in 1989 and reopened it as a throwback bar for fans of Merseybeat, the 1960s popular UK Rock 'N' Roll music genre. The estimate for this historic piece is $10,000-$20,000.
"This stage of the Fab Four's first performance is not only one of the most extraordinary artifacts ever to come to market from Beatles history, but all of music history," said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien's Auctions. "We're thrilled to offer this remarkable and unique piece that set the stage for the auspicious start of the greatest Rock 'N' Roll band of all time as well as these other incredible and significant items that celebrate the magic of Beatlemania."
Highlights include Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to the 1968 Beatles' classic "Hey Jude" (estimate: $160,000-$180,000), used in studio for its recording at Trident Studios, London in July 1968 (shown left); a Spalding baseball signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr from The Beatles final U.S. concert in San Francisco's Candlestick Park, which was demolished in 2015 (estimate: $80,000-$100,000); an original shooting script page with drawings, notes, and ideas handwritten by Paul McCartney regarding the filming of the music video (directed by McCartney and shot in November 1967) for The Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye" (estimate: $70,000-$90,000); John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "BAGISM" drawing, featured in the couple's 1969 Bed in Peace documentary as part of their demonstration against the Vietnam War (estimate: $80,000-$100,000); a pair of vintage camel beige wide-cut corduroy trousers worn by John Lennon (shown below right) on the Magical Mystery Tour in the 1960s (estimate: $20,000 -$30,000); a pen on paper caricature drawing of a three legged pirate created by John Lennon for his 1963 book, In His Own Write, which contained a story about a pirate named Large John and his small friend Jack Hawkins, who search an island for buried treasure (estimate: $20,000-$30,000); a floor standing brass ashtray used by Ringo Starr who requested to have it at the band's Abbey Road recordings in the 1960s (estimate: $6,000-$8,000) and more.
Julien's Auctions has broken world records with the sale of Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon's acoustic guitar which sold for a record $2.4 million, Ringo Starr's Ludwig Drum Kit which sold for a record $2.2 million, The Ludwig Beatles Ed Sullivan Show Drumhead which sold for a record price of $2.1 million and The Beatles White Album owned by Ringo Starr sold for $790,000.
LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTION
Friday, April 10th, 2020
Session I: 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time
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About Julien's Auctions
Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets.
Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.
In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300),
including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball
jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for
$192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which
sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car
which sold for $500,000.
In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World
Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar,
which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction.
Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology. For more information on Julien’s Auctions, go to www.juliensauctions.com.
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