A unique poster for one of the Beatles' historic Cavern Club gigs in Liverpool is coming to auction on June 12.
The colourful handpainted poster is thought to be the only one ever produced. It gives a superb insight into the heavy workload the Fab Four faced in their early days, playing twice during the Friday lunchtime session, with just a short rest while Pete MacLaine & The Dakotas took to the stage.
The November 1962 poster was produced just a month after the Beatles released their first single, Love Me Do. It will appear at the Christie's Pop Culture: Rock & Roll Memorabilia auction with a £10,000-15,000 estimate.
The Beatles appeared 292 times at the Cavern Club, having first performed there in February 1961. Their future manager Brian Epstein first spotted them there a year earlier, in November 1961.
Beatles collectibles are hot property at the moment. The value of signed photos containing all four Fab Four signatures has increased from £5,500 ($8,770) in 2000 to £24,000 ($38,270) today, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index - a rise of 14.33% pa.
We are delighted to have one of just 10 A Hard Day's Night album covers signed by all four Beatles in existence.
The auction will also feature several guitars played by some of the rock history's finest exponents.
Pete Townsend's Schecter guitar, employed on stage between 1979 and 1982, comes to the auction with a £20,000-25,000 estimate, while a Jeff Beck 1951 'blonde' Fender Telecaster, used in his People Get Ready video from 1989, has a valuation of £30,000-40,000.