An online auction of a rare hand-signed copy of The Beatles' Meet The
Beatles! album is scheduled to conclude Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006. As of Friday, Dec. 15, 2006,
the highest bid for the record was $48,498.69. ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com, a dealer of rare rock 'n' roll memorabilia, is hosting the auction, and owner Marc Zakarin says bidding should be heavy over the weekend.
"That's when most of the action will take place," said Zakarin. "We always
do more than double on the last day. There'll be a lot of big players
holding back till Saturday."
Louise Harrison's personal copy of the Meet The Beatles! LP is expected to
be the crown jewel of the sale. It's expected to bring in more than
"There are less than 10 U.S. Beatles albums signed by The Beatles [that have ever been offered for sale," said ItsOnlyRocknRoll owner Marc Zakarin. "Louise got it signed on the train on the way to the group's first-ever concert in the U.S." Also included in the sale are signed contracts, letters, checks, program concert books - both group and solo autographs - all authenticated by Frank Caiazzo, an expert on Beatles autographs and handwriting. Sets representing various Beatles lineups, including those with drummer Pete Best and fill-in drummer Jimmy Nicol, will be available. Highlights include John Lennon's actual signature and instructions used for the cover of his album Walls & Bridges, estimated to fetch $9,000-$12,000, and a check signed by both Lennon and Paul McCartney, estimated to be worth $7,000-$10,000.
Highlights, listed with the highest bid as of Friday, so far include:
- A copy of A Hard Day's Night signed by all four Beatles: $15,570
- Meet The Beatles! In-Store Motion Display: $15, 513.25
- A 1967 poster of Otis Redding at Boston Arena: $12,635.17
- 1961 Thanksgiving recordings of Bob Dylan (thought to some of his earliest recordings): $12,600
Looking down the road, ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com will be holding a Beatles-only auction in conjunction with Fest For Beatles Fans on July 3, 2007, at the Mirage.