Fab Four album steals the show at Case Antiques' Spring auction
An incredibly rare album, signed by each member of The Beatles, beat its estimate in Tennessee...
The rare lot, which is significant because it contains what was the fab foursome's first hit in the United States, I Want to Hold Your Hand, sold for $63,250 at the auction last month on May 21.
Called Meet The Beatles, the album was signed by all of the band members and presented to Dr Jules Gordon, the physician who treated guitarist George Harrison on February 8 1964, just one day before they made their American television debut on the Ed Sullivan Show.
Unsurprisingly it crushed its top estimate of just $15,000 to sell for more than four times that amount after a heated bidding session.
With its history, great condition and connection to the most famous band ever, it would be an incredible item to own and would certainly represent a safe investment.
To have an autograph from just one member of the legendary Liverpudlian group is an achievement to be happy about, but to have something signed by all four, and from such a pivotal time in their career, is truly incredible.
A signed album page by John Lennon would set you back at least £6,250, and an autographed photo of George Harrison is worth a minimum of £2,500, according to the latest expert information.
Other than this lot, which was the star attraction, there was vast range of different pieces up for sale, from manuscripts to fine cutlery to guns and swords.
Probably the most interesting other item was the 1830 miniature Tennessee cherry press, valued at between $1,800-2,200 initially.
However, the little piece of furniture beat this expected value to sell for $17,825, almost 10 times more than its guide price.
Company president John Case praised the success of the auction, and said: "While having a strong single lot like the Beatles album is great, what really encouraged us was increased demand and healthier prices than we'd seen in some time in most categories across the board - Asian, silver, ceramics, even furniture."
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