It was Aug. 27, 1965. The Beatles were on the eve of playing Balboa Stadium in San Diego. Elvis was in the midst of shooting “Paradise Hawaiian Style in Hollywood.”
That night, between 10 and 11 p.m., John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr arrived in limousines at Elvis’ home in Bel Air, and Elvis personally greeted them at the door for what forever after became known as the “summit meeting” of Pop music and Rock and Roll.
A relic survives from that legendary meeting: a member of Elvis’ “Memphis Mafia” got the autographs of all four Beatles on a 5” x 8” piece of Elvis Presley stationery, dated 8/27/65.
Fans of both the Beatles and Elvis now have a chance to bid on this extraordinary artifact in Heritage Auction Galleries’ upcoming Music and Entertainment Signature Auction, to be held at the company’s Dallas headquarters on April 5. The lot’s estimated value: $50,000 and up, according to Heritage Auction Galleries.
“The autographs are sharp and clean in blue ink, the word ‘Elvis’ is pre-printed in the upper left corner, and the dynamic of the signatures of the ‘Fab Four’ on the stationery of ‘The King’ is — for lack of a better word — magical,” said Doug Norwine, director of music and entertainment auctions for Heritage.
Accompanying the lot are copies of Disc Weekly (Sept. 4, 1965) and The National Blast Weekly (Oct. 10, 1965), both with the front-page headlines “Beatles Meet Elvis!” Also included is a certificate of authenticity from renowned Beatles autograph expert Frank Caiazzo.
Other auction highlights (with Heritage’s estimates in parentheses) include:
• The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper master tape ($1,500); 1964 Philadelphia concert poster ($8,000); 1966 Pinball machine ($4,000); Introducing the Beatles stereo ad back LP Vee-Jay 1062, 1964 ($6,000)
• Elvis: Scotty Moore signed guitar ($500); group of five Sun 45s, 1954-55 (18,000); assorted concert posters and movie posters plus lobby cards ($400 to $600 per lot); “G.I. Blues” promotional paper hat ($350); trading cards ($700)
• The Doors: posters ($400 to $1,000); Ray Manzarek signed keyboard ($600)
• AC/DC: Angus Young signed guitar ($800); Razor’s Edge tour jumpsuit ($600)
• Rolling Stones: Keith Richards signed guitar ($700); Songs of the Rolling Stones promo LP $($1,500); concert posters ($500-$1,500); Dirty Work proofs ($800)
• Bob Dylan: 1966 Norfolk concert handbill ($500); vintage photo group ($500); posters ($400-$500)
• Jimi Hendrix: Boots ($20,000); color photo ($3,000); jacket ($20,000); posters ($500-$1,800); necklace ($8,000)
• Grateful Dead: Posters ($320 to $1,200), including 1966 Old Cheese Factory “Anniversary Party;” 1967 Avalon Ballroom “Three Indian Dudes;” 1969 Grateful Dead/Taj Mahal Fillmore West; 1970 Grateful Dead/Jefferson Airplane “Winterland”; and original artwork by Jerry Garcia ($2,000-$5,800)
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