Beatles Signed 1963 Valex Photo

26 Jan

Exceptionally desirable vintage glossy 8 x 10 Valex publicity photo featuring portraits of each individual band member, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and twice by John Lennon; also signed again on the front by McCartney and Starr, bringing the total signature count to seven. The photo was professionally cleaned and restored to very good condition, with scattered surface marks and creases (heaviest to lower right), light soiling affecting portions of Ringo’s image and signature, and a bit of skipping to both signatures on the front. These signatures were acquired by a cocktail waitress working at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, Flintshire, Wales, when the Beatles played at the venue on July 19-20, 1963. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the daughter of the waitress, who attended the concert as well, which reads, in part: “My mother worked at the Ritz Ballroom…serving drinks from the bar. She found out the Beatles were visiting the Ritz…when she would be there…she got me in…During the interval, mum was tasked with delivering drinks to the group’s dressing room. She set off with a tray of cokes…she failed to notice a step and fell, spilling drinks all over Paul’s trousers…She said they were lovely boys and very concerned to make sure she was OK. Paul said it didn‘t matter as he had plenty of spare ‘keks.’ She…mentioned that she had a 12 yr old daughter out front. Upon hearing this, and to cheer her up, they dug out a promotional photo to sign.” Accompanied by two letters of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo. A bold set of signatures with a wonderful story which exemplifies the band’s charming personalities and accessibility. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.

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