Beatles Memorabilia

The Beatles Memorabilia Auction 2017

The Beatles Memorabilia Collection: Monday 11th September 2017, starts 1pm GMT:
Venue: Warrington Auction Room
Catalogue now online here

Consignments we are looking for include:
Beatles Autographs, Beatles Handwritten Lyrics, Beatles Books & Scrapbooks, Beatles Photographs, Beatles Film Footage, Beatles Fan Club Items, Beatles Concert Memorabilia, Beatles Posters, Beatles Promotional Items, Beatles Tickets, Beatles Programmes, Beatles Bubblegum Cards, Beatles, Beatles Film & TV Memorabilia, Beatles Magazines, Beatles Signed or Handwritten Items, Beatles Records, Beatles Novely Items, Bealtes Clothing, Apple Acetates, Apple Memorabilia etc

Press Release 8th September 2017:

ELEANOR RIGBY SCORE EXPECTED TO SELL AT AUCTION FOR £20k+ WITHDRAWN OVER OWNERSHIP DISPUTE

Omega Auctions is withdrawing lot 250, an original Eleanor Rigby score by George Martin, scheduled to be sold on Monday 11th September, due to a family dispute over ownership. The score was owned by the late Colin Sanders, a visionary and entrepreneurial engineer who founded Solid State Logic in the 1960s. Omega Auctions understood the score to have been inherited by Mr Sanders daughter when he tragically passed away in 1998, however having been contacted by his widow, Dr Rosie Sanders, it is understood that she is the rightful owner of the score and has no wishes to part with it. Dr. Sanders has reported a theft to Thames Valley Police and in order to protect the privacy of the family, we do not wish to comment further.

Press Release 3rd September 2017:

GEORGE HARRISON UNRELEASED RECORDING TO BE AUCTIONED



An unreleased track written and performed by George Harrison entitled ‘Hello Miss Mary Bee’ is to be sold at auction. The track, which has never previously heard in public was recorded in 1968 on to a reel to reel tape and was made especially for his good friend Mary Bee. The song is very much in the Indian style of music that George was heavily influenced by and was produced around the time of his first studio album ‘Wonderwall’. The tape also includes recordings of Across The Universe, Inner Light, Lady Madonna and others which George would have been working on with The Beatles at the time, together with a further tape with music from the film ‘Wonderwall’. Some of the recordings differ to those which were released by The Beatles.

Accompanied by a 6 page letter and various postcards from George and Patti Boyd to Mary Bee. The letter makes various references to the tapes; Patti talks about George working on the ‘Wonderwall’ soundtrack and at one stage says she can't send a tape of the music but then corrects herself (after speaking to George) to say that "George will tape his music". She also says that George has "just come into the kitchen singing Mary Bee, Mary Bee about to make a lovely cup of tea". The postcards, addressed to Mary Bee, were sent from India and mention where George & Patti have visited, how they are having their first yoga lesson and that Patti has been thinking of Mary when meditating. On one George has written "Hello Mary - love George". Another of the postcards also starts by asking "Did you get the tapes?".

The tapes and correspondence are up for sale as part of Omega Auctions Beatles Memorabilia Auction on 11th September (lot #247) and are expected to sell for £15,000.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather comments ‘It is an incredible song which really shows George’s fun loving and caring side. Whichever lucky person buys the collection will have exclusive access to a piece of history from George’s most influential period as both a Beatle and solo artist. I don’t think there has ever been such a unique collection of music and memorabilia linked to George that has come up for auction so I expect there to be lots of worldwide interest.’

A short sample of the 'Hello Miss Mary Bee' track can be found here. It may only be used for editorial purposes which specifically mentions the auction - Omega Auctions, Warrington, 11th September 2017.

Press Release 20th August 2017:

SIR GEORGE MARTIN'S INSTRUMENTAL SCORE FOR ELEANOR RIGBY TO BE SOLD AS PART OF OMEGA AUCTIONS BEATLES MEMORABILIA AUCTION




An original manuscript score for the 1966 hit ‘Eleanor Rigby’ is to be auctioned by Omega Auctions, Warrington on 11th September 2017 as part of their Beatles Memorabilia Auction. The hand-notated instrumental score, written in pencil by George Martin, includes the musical notations and lyrics for the song. The score dates to April 1966 when The Beatles and George Martin were recording the song at Abbey Rd Studios and has been signed by both George Martin and Paul McCartney. The score is expected to over £20,000.

Also included in the sale are a bible once belonging to Eleanor Rigby, together with the deeds to her grave. The lot includes a certificate of purchase for grave space at Woolton Parish Church, a receipt for the purchase of the grave and the costs associated, along with a miniature bible dated 1899 that Eleanor has clearly written her name in. The grave space to hold 5 adults was purchased on Oct 7th, 1915 by Miss Frances Rigby following the death of her father John Rigby on the 5th October. John and Frances were Eleanor's grandparents and she lived with them throughout her life and stayed in the family home at 8 Vale Road until she died on the 10th October 1939, aged 44 Woolton (Vale Rd backs onto Menlove Ave where John Lennon lived). The inside page of the miniature bible has been dated Feb 1899 and a name has been smudged so in not legible but a capital "E" and "R" are just about legible. On the back inside page the name E.R. Whitfield has been clearly written in pencil. Eleanor was born "Eleanor Rigby Whitfield" in 1895 to her mother, Mary Rigby and father, Arthur Whitfield although sadly her father died in the same year. The deeds, bible and receipt are collectively expected to sell for over £5,000.

An interesting and informative history of Eleanor Rigby can be found here

Comment from Auctioneer, Paul Fairweather: ‘Each item is fantastic, unique and of significant historical importance so to have both to come up for auction at the same time is an incredible coincidence and it will be exciting to see how they perform. I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe.’

Click here for zip folder containing press images. Images may be used in editorial about the auction. Please credit Omega Auctions.

Highlights from our previous Beatles Memorabilia Auctions



Press Release 19th February 2017:
A Porsche 928 owned by George Harrison for 4 years from new is one of the star lots in Omega Auctions Beatles Auction on 17th March 2017. Harrison, who purchased the car in 1980, drove it routinely when he lived in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire. The vehicle is presently owned by Raj Sedha, from Leeds, who bought it for spares in 2003. Sedha was not knowledgeable about the car’s history. Information of its famous former owner only came to light after Mr Sedha’s wife read Harrison’s name in the logbook. “It didn’t click with me. She said it is George Harrison’s,” said Mr Sedha. “I said, ‘That’s who the man who I bought it off said. Who is he?’ “She said, ‘He’s the Beatle. You can’t take the car apart for spares.'” The car is rare due to the stitching on its interior leather is entirely black.

Typically the model features a combination of either black and red or black and cream stitching. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather stated: “For anybody that’s into cars and The Beatles, this is a must-have. “The 928 is an absolute classic and the fact that it was owned by George for four years from new will ensure that it roars off the auction block.”

George Harrison (1943 – 2001) was a fan of motor racing and possessed few fast cars during his life. The car sold for £43,500

Press Release 7th February 2017:
Previously unseen footage of The Beatles playing in Montreal during their first tour of North American found lying in a drawer after 52 years.

The colour cine footage from their Montreal performance on 8th September 1964, was filmed by the father of one the “The Four Frenchmen”, who were one of the opening acts for the show and is the only known recoding from the gig.

The ten minute long recording shows the heavy police presence, which had been enhanced due to reported death threats received by Ringo Starr, back stage scenes of the fab four, footage of the supporting acts, the Beatles performance and subsequent press conference.

The 8mm tape was discovered by the camera man’s grandson, Ron Notarangelo, after his grandfather recently passed away and is expected to sell for over £10,000 when it comes up for sale (with full copyright) as part of Omega Auctions annual Beatles Auction next month.

According to auctioneer, Paul Fairweather “this is an incredible find of great historical importance as there is no known footage from this performance, together with the fact that it is so clear and in colour, which is rare for the early 60s.”

See Press Release, Images and Film Clip

Highlights from our previous Beatles Memorabilia Auctions



Post Sale Press Release Beatles acetate images below may be used by the press in editorial about the auction.



We had some fabulous items in this sale including the 'holy grail' demo record as reported on BBC:

THE RECORD THAT LAUNCHED THE BEATLES

Rare Beatles Demo Disc

One of the rarest and most collectable of all Beatles records is expected to sell for over £10,000 when it comes up for sale next month. The unique ten-inch 78RPM acetate record featuring ‘Hello Little Girl’ on one side and ‘Till There Was You’ on the other was cut at the HMV record store on Oxford St London before being presented by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to George Martin (EMI) in his desperate attempt to get them a recording contract. This meeting, despite Martin’s initial reticence, was to eventually lead to the breakthrough they were looking for.

In his book Tune In, the leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said of the disc, ‘Its uniqueness is enhanced by Brian Epstein’s handwriting on the labels, and the recognition of what it led to – making it one of the rarest and most collectable of all Beatles records.’

According to Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide Editor “This is one of those Holy Grail items like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets.”

The record is being sold by Omega Auctions of Warrington on behalf of Les Maguire of Gerry and the Pacemakers. He was given it by Brian Epstein in 1963 after the disc had been returned to him by George Martin. This is the first time it has come to the marketplace, having been locked away in Maguire’s loft until now.

Interview with Mark Lewisohn (Beatles historian and author) on BBC Radio West Midlands:
www.omegaauctions.co.uk/MarkLewisohnInterview.mp3

Interview with Ian Shirley (editor of Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide) on BBC Radio 5 Live:
www.omegaauctions.co.uk/IanShirleyInterview.mp3

Full press release for Beatles acetate

Highlights from our previous Beatles Memorabilia Auctions



On the 20th March 1964 The Beatles released Can't Buy Me Love and in the second of our Beatles Anniversary Auctions, we marked the 50th anniversary of the release with a one off auction for Beatles collectors worldwide. The auction, which took place on the 50th anniversary, 20th March 2014, contained a large collection of rare vinyl and memorabilia with items to suit all budgets, so Beatles collectors everywhere could get involved.

As well as it being a live auction where collectors can bid in person, the sale was broadcast live over the internet so that collectors could bid from anywhere in the world.

Entries are being accepted for our 2016 Beatles sale. Items accepted include Beatles tickets, original Beatles Posters, Beatles autographs, Beatles clothing, Beatles programmes, handwritten artefacts, vinyl records and generally everything related to the Beatles...

Press Release 4th March 2014 - HISTORIC BEATLES PIANO UP FOR SALE


A piano over 100 years old, used by John Lennon and Paul McCartney whilst filming Help! in 1965 is to be sold. The 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand piano was situated in Twickenham studios from around the 1930's up until its purchase from the studio by film director, Richard Lester in the late 1960’s. It has undoubtedly been used by a number of important stars of stage and film but most significantly it was used by Lennon and McCartney during the filming of Help!, making it a fantastic piece of Beatles history.

82 year old Lester, was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, directing The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’, ‘Help!’ and Superman during the 1980s amongst others. Lester recalls "When the film was being written under the imaginative working title 'Beatles Two', the writers and I wanted to call it 'Help'. Unfortunately, we were informed by copyright lawyers that someone else had registered that title, so Ringo helpfully offered 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (relating to the multi-armed statue in the script). Needless to say there wasn't a huge amount of enthusiasm to write that title song, but we carried on until it came close to shooting the title sequence for the film. Another desperate phone call to the lawyers resulted but fortunately we were informed that if we added an exclamation mark (!) we could use this as a title so the film arrived at its new title ‘HELP!’. Once we received this news we immediately arranged a meeting with The Beatles and the crew to inform them and set them to the task of writing a song to go with the title. They started on this immediately at the studio using the Bechstein piano and continued working on it on their car journey home and throughout that evening. The next morning they arrived at the studio with the track ready to show us and promptly played it on the piano a number of times. When we heard the song, we knew it was right and I think it was shortly after that they went into Abbey Road and recorded the song and the rest is history."

Lester continues "Later on, when coming to the end of the shooting of the film, Paul was spending a lot of time at the piano composing and fine tuning “Yesterday” or the “Scrambled Eggs” song as it was originally entitled by Paul. He was playing it that much that I actually threatened to remove the piano off the set if he didn’t finish the song soon and give it a rest. When it was released in August 1965 Paul actually sent me a copy with a note attached saying “I’m glad you didn’t take the piano away – hope you like the “Scrambled Eggs” song now!”.

The piano which expected to sell for over £50,000 is part of an auction of over 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and vinyl records to be hosted by Omega Auctions on 20th March 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles number one hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”.

Press Release 9th February 2014 - RARE BEATLES JACKETS UNDER THE HAMMER
Rare jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the filming of The Beatles 1965 film Help! are to go up for sale. The comedy adventure, directed by Richard Lester, sees the group come up against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge. The jackets which were worn throughout the five days of filming in the Alps and also feature on the iconic album cover of the soundtrack, are expected to sell for in excess of £50,000.

The jackets have come from Lester’s private collection. The 82 year old, was one of the most influential directors of the 1960s, directing The Beatles first film ‘A Hard Days Night’, ‘Help!’ and Superman during the 1980s amongst others.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather says “as Beatles clothing goes these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block!”. Fairweather continues “the coats are tailored and very stylish and if I had the money to afford them I would wear them without hesitation.”

The sale is part of an auction of over 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and vinyl records to be hosted by Omega Auctions on 20th March 2014 at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles number one hit “Can’t Buy Me Love”.


Highlights from our previous Beatles Memorabilia Auctions




Lot 294: 61 images from Shea Stadium 1965 performance (with copyright). Sold for £30,000

Collection of 64 colour slides from August 1964 by Dr Robert Beck (with copyright). Sold for £26,500

Lot 285: 28 b/w negatives from 1965 performance at Teatro Adriano, Rome (with copyright). Sold for £5,300

Lot 218: Stereo black & gold Please Please Me coupled with a great set of autographs on a magazine page. Sold for £8,000

Lot 246: Set of autographs on reverse of a dinner menu. Sold for £4,600

Lot 170: Set of Autographs on front/reverse of publicity photo - 7 signatures into total. Sold for £4,000

Lot 180: Set of Autographs. Sold for £3,680.

Lot 225: Stuart Sutcliffe Self Portrait next to Paul McCartney.

Lot 170: Paul McCartney Give My Regards To Broad St suit.
Est £8,000 - £10,000 - Withdrawn

Lot 226: Collection of 43 b/w negatives (with copyright).
Est £6,000 - £8,000

Lot 171: Paul McCartney cape from 1964.
Est £10,000 - £15,000

Lot 225: Collection of 31 colour transparencies (with copyright).
Est £6,000 - £8,000

Lot 227: Stuart Sutcliffe Painting
Est £6,000 - £8,000

Lot 229: Signed Programme
Est £6,000 - £8,000

Lot 96: Black and Gold Stereo Please Please Me
Est £3,500 - £4,500

Lot 217: Beatles Hair Clippings
Est £2,000 - £4,000

Lot 23: Beatles Yellow Submarine Export Album
Est £1,500 - £2,000

Lot 149: Apple Records Table and Chair
Est £1,000 - £1,500


Items we are looking for are:
Beatles Autographs, Beatles Handwritten Lyrics, Beatles Books & Scrapbooks, Beatles Photographs, Beatles Film Footage, Beatles Fan Club Items, Beatles Concert Memorabilia, Beatles Posters, Beatles Promotional Items, Beatles Tickets, Beatles Programmes, Beatles Bubblegum Cards, Beatles, Beatles Film & TV Memorabilia, Beatles Magazines, Beatles Signed or Handwritten Items, Beatles Records, Beatles Novely Items, Apple Acetates, Apple Memorabilia etc
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