By Garry Schrum
Question: Does anybody know anything about these posters? They are 12-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches, pre-1967. Thank you.
— Al Rogers, via e-mail
Answer: These portraits of The Beatles are highly collectible, but they were mass produced, along with a torrent of material produced to capitalize on the group’s summer 1964 U.S. tour.
The images are based on portraits shot by Dezo Hoffman. This “set of four detailed line drawings suitable for framing” were originally licensed through Seltaeb Inc. in cooperation with NEMS Enterprises Ltd., the Beatles’ management company.
The portraits were designed large enough to display in a record store’s LP racks, which explains the 12-1/2 x 12-1/2-inch size. Later that year they were offered for sale by Resco Products via mail order and in retail shops. Incidentally, two versions of Paul’s portrait were printed due to his astronomical popularity. These sets of four Beatles portraits in plastic bags have been selling on eBay in the $20-$30 range.
A former record store owner, Garry Schrum is the consignment director for entertainment and music memorabilia at Heritage Auctions (www.ha.com).
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