Market Watch: Beatles, northern soul top recent auctions

By  Joyce Greenholdt

1. $26,099 — The Beatles, Yesterday And Today

This is a sealed mono “first-state” butcher cover that was pressed in Los Angeles (indicated by the number ‘6’ on the lower-right corner of the back cover). Also included in the sale was the seller’s letter of authenticity and a copy of a letter sent from Capitol Records requesting the return of the original album. The letter indicates this was a review copy.

2. £3,500 (approximately $5,660) — The Beatles, Please Please Me

Another Beatles rarity, this copy of the original U.K. pressing of Please Please Me has the Parlophone name and logo printed in yellow on the black label, with a small “33 1/3” printed on the left side of the label, making this one of the rarer variants.

3. $3,161.11 — Dead Weather, Opening Night test pressing

This is one of 150 copies of a 7-inch, two-song LP given away at the grand opening of Third Man Records in Nashville, Tenn. Band member Dean Fertita signed the cover. The seller also included a copy of the invitation to the event, photos and a guitar pick used by Jack White.

4. $2,601.88 — Billy Byrd, “Silly Kind Of Love” b/w “Lost In The Crowd”

Next up is a northern soul 45 from the ’70s on the Scream label, in EX+++ to NM- condition.

5. $2,499.99 — Conner Cagle & The Bachelors Four, “Always Let Your Good Side Show” b/w “Nobody Wants To See You When You’re Down”

Our final entry is another bit of northern soul, this one on the Sunshine label. The seller notes this copy has a warp but still plays and is otherwise in EX condition. Another EX copy of this single sold for $1,136 in August 2009.


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