Vintage ballpoint signatures, “Beatles, To Sheila, lots of love, Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” “Ringo Starr,” and “George Harrison,” on a light blue 6 x 7.25 sheet. In fine condition, with a single horizontal and vertical fold, with vertical fold passing through a few letters of signatures, and some light wrinkling. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Signatures were obtained by Sheila McKinley of the Scottish singing group the McKinley Sisters, on April 28 or 29 in Scotland while her group was appearing in support of the band. Accompanied by McKinley’s 1964 diary, originally presented by the editors of the Music Magazine Pop Weekly, 3 x 4.75, detailing her appearances between April and July of 1964, including her two shows with the Beatles, adding the word “Fabulous,” after their appearance. Interestingly on the opposite page she has noted an appearance with the Rolling Stones which took place in Manchester on Sunday May 3, 1964, which she adds “Murder.” Also included is a copy of an interview with Sheila McKinley which appeared in the Bournemouth Echo in which she mentions meeting The Beatles. The brief interview reads, in part: “We were always a bit weary of John. It wasn’t that he was unfriendly, but he certainly had a sharp tongue and could be very caustic. I think he did it to build a fence around himself. He had a difficult childhood and the things that happen to you then make you the adult you are, so he had one or two issues, I’d say. Their dressing room was right next to ours and they were always borrowing our make-up.” Two color reproductions of pages from the Scottish tour program featuring the Beatles and the McKinleys, and three laser print photos of the Beatles in Scotland in April of 1964 also accompany these signatures. A great set of signatures obtained by a fan on the ‘inside,’ not long after their triumphant first appearances in the United States. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Original vintage color 11.5 x 19.75 poster of the band, signed in blue ballpoint, “George Harrison,” ”Ringo Starr,” “To Paul, with love, John Lennon,” and signed a remarkable four times, “Paul McCartney.” Some professionally repaired areas of surface loss and scuffs, as well as some well-done repaired tears, three light horizontal folds, light contrast to portions of a couple of McCartney’s signatures, and some touch-ups to Lennon’s facial area, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. The consignor notes that these signatures were acquired at Brasenose College in Oxford on March 5, 1964, where they were being entertained after a day of filming the railway sequences of A Hard Day’s Night. Oversized images of the Fab Four are considered quite rare. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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Extremely rare vintage circa 1963 Beatles Christmas card featuring an image of the group in their distinctive collarless suits, measuring 5.5 x 3.5 closed, signed inside in fountain pen, “John Lennon xxx” and “Ringo Starr xxx,” and in ballpoint, “Love, Paul McCartney, (Beatles) xxx” and “George Harrison xxx.” The pre-printed sentiment on the right side reads, “From Me—To You, Wishing you a Merry Christmas.” In fine condition, with a few slight surface impressions to front and slight haloing to McCartney’s signature. A superlative piece that invokes the lyrics of the very first Lennon–McCartney tune to enter the American pop charts. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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A pair of Lennon’s personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses. Silver-finish wire rim glasses have clear oval frames and are shadow-boxed and framed with a descriptive plaque to an overall size of 11.25 x 12.5. The glasses were originally presented by Lennon to musician and entertainer Victor Borge, who provided piano work for Lennon in the 1970s and kept the glasses in his personal collection until 1974, when he sold them to a wealthy Massachusetts family following his performance at their private anniversary celebration. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from one of the family members, Glenn Davis, which reads, in part: “I, Glenn Davis, hereby certify that this pair of Eyeglasses (Silver framed spectacles with oval clear lenses) originally owned and worn by the late John Lennon of the Beatles…were obtained by the late Victor Borge and were sold to my family on July 2, 1974 by Mr. Borge. As witnessed by a very large gathering at my late parents wedding anniversary on July 2, 1974 at Woodland Country and Golf Club…Mr. Borge personallypresented these glasses owned and worn by John Lennon to us as a gift to my mother.” Also accompanied by copies of the receipt for the glasses from Borge’s manager, Borge’s appearance contract, photos of Borge at the event and other related documentation. In fine condition, with expected wear. Lennon first began wearing this particular style of eyeglasses in the late 1960s, and wore them in countless appearances and photographs. A very scarce piece of rock and roll history, accompanied by impeccable provenance, that helped to shape Lennon’s public identity. RR Auction COA.
Original ‘Four Aces’ program from the Beatles Fall 1964 tour with Mary Wells, 8 x 10.5, 16 pages, featuring images of the band on playing cards on the front cover. Signed in blue ballpoint on their full page image on the inside cover, “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” “Ringo Starr,” and “Paul McCartney.” A collector’s notation of “November 1, 1964,” has been added to the front cover. In very good condition, with light creasing and wrinkling to cover and signed page, other creasing and handling wear to inside pages, missing upper staple of binding, and a spot of light toning to first page. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads, “I can confirm that the Beatles playing cards programme was signed on November 1st at Finsbury Park, Astoria Cinema, London in 1964. My mother knew the management staff who obtained the autographs personally for myself as I was ill…As a gift my parents gave me the programme the day after the concert.” The band played a 10-song set at the cinema, including ‘Twist and Shout,’ ‘If I Fell,’ and ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ A scarce signed program which more than made up for the poor girl missing the show. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Vintage Fabulous Beatles Souvenir Song Album, 8.25 x 11, 27 pages, signed on the back cover, featuring a group photo of the band, in blue ballpoint, “Paul McCartney xxx,” and “John Lennon xxx.” In very good to fine condition, with scattered creases to the covers, just a bit of irregular ink adhesion to signatures from glossy finish on the covers, and some light handling wear. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Vintage ballpoint signatures, “Love, Paul McCartney (Beatles),” “George Harrison,” “Ringo Starr xxx,” and “John Lennon,” on a light green 4.5 x 4 album page. Page is still contained in its original hardcover autograph album, and signatures were acquired at Fairfield Hall in Croydon, on April 25, 1963. Abum is also signed inside by Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, Cliff Richard, and Bruce Welch. In very fine condition. Accompanied by a typed note from the original recipient and certificate of authenticity from Tracks. The Beatles were in Croydon on this date playing a concert at Fairfield Halls. The show was promoted as ‘The Merseybeat Showcase’ and The Beatles headlined a bill which also featured Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Big Three. As pristine a set of Fab Four signatures as you will find signed just after the release of ‘Please Please Me’ and the eruption of Beatlemania. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Highly desirable original color 40 x 30 UK quad advance movie poster for the 1965 United Artists film Help! featuring the Beatles. Poster features a gorgeous image of the Beatles in their iconic ‘signal’ poses standing atop the enormous title of the film. Affixed along the lower border is a tag that reads, “Retained 2nd Week.” In very good condition, with scattered creases and toned tape remnants to corners and borders. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. A much scarcer variation of the classic poster than usually comes to market. RR Auction COA.
Original vintage 5.25 x 3.5 deckle-edge semi-glossy Beatles promo card, circa 1963–64, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “George Harrison” and “John Lennon.” A couple light creases and slight soiling to reverse, and a few creases and surface impressions to image side, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
Rare color vintage 11.75 x 8.75 magazine photo of the ‘Fab Four’ wearing their matching collarless jackets in 1963, signed in blue ballpoint by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Light overall wrinkles and some light contrast to ink against the dark background, otherwise fine condition. Only a handful of fully signed color photos of the Beatles are known to exist, making this an item of extremely high rarity and desirability. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.