By Susan Sliwicki
Money can’t buy love, but it’ll definitely help buy you a piece of The Beatles’ history at Heritage Auctions’ Entertainment and Music Memorabilia Signature Auction.
More than 180 Beatles-related lots — including the script to an unmade Fab Four film, records, a very low numbered copy of the White Album, a rare 45 RPM theater spot for “A Hard Day’s Night” three microphones from the Cavern Club, handwritten song lyrics, assorted Beatles collectibles and records, RIAA awards and stamper discs — are open for bidding in the Signature Floor Session, which will commence at 11 a.m. CT Dec. 6, 2014.
A Signature Internet Session, which excludes floor and phone bidding, begins at 6 p.m. CT Dec. 6 and features items from a range of musicians and other entertainers. Click here to view or download Heritage’s full auction catalog.)
Although Beatles-related items comprise roughly a quarter of the entertainment-themed lots featured in the auction — which also happens to feature the earliest known officially licensed 1963 Batmobile — there are notable items from a variety of other musicians.
The catalog has special sections presenting roughly 50 posters and handbills; more than 30 Elvis Presley-related lots; a collection of 28 Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp items (including 23 artist-signed instruments); and a special Rock And Roll A to Z section that begins with AC/DC guitarist Angus Young’s schoolboy uniform and wraps roughly 120 lots later with a rare Zombies lost acetate.
Notable lots featured in the auction include:
• A signed LP sleeve for “With The Beatles” (Parlophone PMC 1206), with signatures dated to late 1963. Sleeve is in VG condition, with seams intact, but a few minor creases and stains. Estimate: $30,000 and up.
• An Elvis Presley-owned and used 1961 Martin 0-16NY acoustic guitar. The guitar shows evident play wear; the strings have not been changed since the last time Presley used the guitar. Estimate: $30,000 and up.
• Lot of six original stock transfer certificates from sale of NEMS Ltd. (later known as Nemporer Holdings) to Triumph Investment Trust Ltd., 1969. Certificates are signed by The Beatles, as well as Queenie Epstein and Clive Epstein, Brian Epstein’s mother and brother who inherited the Beatles manager’s shares in the company after his death. Estimate: $30,000 and up.
• Beatles-signed “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (Capitol 5112) picture sleeve, matted and framed. Estimate: $25,000 and up.
• Beatles’-autographed “Beatles For Sale” album covers (Parlophone 1240) with LP in display. Front of one cover is signed by Lennon, McCartney and Starr; back cover is signed by Harrison. Estimate: $20,000 and up.
• Beatles-signed “Please Please Me” (Parlophone PMC 1202) LP cover obtained by newspaper reporter Bill Leader on Oct. 31, 1964, when the newspaper’s staffers covered The Beatles’ performance at Gaumont Theatre in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Includes a three-page letter from Leader about the albums. VG condition. Estimate: $20,000 and up.
• Red, white and blue suede “Patriotic” jacket that was custom-made for Jimi Hendrix. Very Good condition with overall wear evident. Estimate: $20,000 and up.
• Original album cover art by Joe Cool for Snoop Dogg’s 1993 album “Doggystyle.” Estimate: $20,000 and up.
• Beatles- and Roy Orbison-signed tour program with an original handbill and a group of 15 tickets from the 21-date tour together in May-June 1963. Estimate: $19,000 and up.
• Beatles-signed “The Beatles Book Monthly No. 1,” August 1963. In Excellent condition, with only minor edge wear. Estimate: $18,000 and up.
• Beatles-signed admission ticket for historic royal variety performance held in November 1963. This is the performance where John Lennon famously introduced “Twist And Shout” by saying, “For our last number I’d like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, just rattle your jewelry.” This ticket also was signed by Marlene Dietrich. Excellent condition. Estimate: $15,000 and up.
• A 109-page first draft titled only “The Beatles’ Script” for a never-made Beatles movie that was written by actor and writer Owen Holder. The circa 1967 script had each of the band’s members playing the same character, named Stanley, but representing different aspects of Stanley’s personality. John Lennon was to portray a crafty opportunist, Paul McCartney the egare achiever, George Harrison the ladies’ man and Ringo Starr the carefree idler. The script, which is paired with card signed by all four Beatles and their manager, Brian Epstein, was originally from the estate of Walter Shenson, producer of The Beatles’ films “Hard Day’s Night” and “Help!” Estimate: $15,000 or more.
• A Beatles vintage 4-speed record player with original box. In working order, with photos on the top and inside lid intact. Rubber platter mat is included, but has come unglued. Missing the serial number tag. (Only about 5,000 players were produced, and few boxes were kept.) Estimate: $8,000 and up.
• A gold-plated and rhinestone cross necklace owned and worn by Elvis Presley. Presley was wearing the necklace when he gave it to then-girlfriend JoCathy Brownlee (who was wearing a Star of David necklace), saying that he didn’t want her to fail to make it to heaven on a technicality. Estimate: $8,000 and up.
To check out auction lots or place a bid, visit entertainment.ha.com. GM