Signed LP for doctor who 'saved The Beatles' Ed Sullivan show' sells at Case

Case Antiques Auctions & Appraisals of Knoxville, Tennessee, US, is auctioning the second of two signed Meet the Beatles albums on October 1.

The piece, autographed by all four band members John, Paul, George and Ringo, will sell from the estate of Dr. Jules Gordon and his direct heirs.

According to Case, the LP has been examined by Frank Caiazzo, a world recognised Beatles autograph expert, for authenticity.

A document of authenticity from Frank Caiazzo is included in the photographs and will be provided to the winning bidder in addition to an affidavit of authentication from the descendant.

This isn't the first time that a signed Meet the Beatles LP has been sold from the Gordon family estate. The first LP was auctioned on May 22 of this year.

'Thanks for the JABS from George Harrison' reads the LP's inscription

This example is the last remaining album from the Gordon family and is personally inscribed to Dr. Gordon by George Harrison.

Its inscription reads "To "Doc Gordon" thanks for the JABS from George Harrison" along with the signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.

The hotel doctor treated George Harrison's throat the night before the Fab Four's landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance in February 1964.

News of Harrison's throat even made it into the New York Times on February 8, such was the power of Beatlemania at the time.

"Mr. Harrison, who is known as the quiet Beatle, awoke yesterday with a sore throat. He was treated by Dr. Jules Gordon, used a vaporizer and rejoined his colleagues at the studio late in the afternoon," reads the report.

"I should be perfect for tomorrow," George is quoted as saying in the newspaper's article.

However, Harrison's illness was more serious than initially reported according to other accounts of the incident.

Yet Louise Caldwell, Harrison's sister, said in book The Beatles Off The Record by Keith Badman: "The doctor said he couldn't do the Ed Sullivan Show because he had a temperature of 104. But they pumped him with everything.

Manager Neil Aspinall stands in for the ill Harrison during rehearsals

"He was thinking about getting a nurse to administer the medicine, every hour on the hour.

"Then the doctor suddenly realised that I was there and was his sister and he said to me, 'Would you see to it? It's probably just as well that you're here because I don't think there's a single female in the city that isn't crazy about the Beatles!

"'You're probably the only one who could function around him normally.'"

Dr Jules Gordon of New York City was the house doctor at the Plaza Hotel from 1942 until 1985.

Given this record's provenance, put up for auction by Gordon's heirs, and the incredible occasion on which it was signed, bidders will likely struggle to function normally when they're presented with this piece at Case's sale.

Watch this space for the latest Beatles memorabilia news.


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