On July 20, Christie's is set to present The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell, a sale comprised of 50 lots of unpublished and never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles' first hysteria-inducing visits to America in 1964.
Shot in black and white by photographer Mike Mitchell when he was just 18 years old, the images have been filed away for nearly fifty years.
The complete rediscovered collection is expected to realise in the region of $100,000. On February 11, 1964, just two days after their momentous American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles performed their first US concert at the Washington Coliseum.
The DC native shot dozens of intimate and thrilling photographs capturing the excitement of this first British Invasion.
Mitchell had exceptional access to the events including their arrival at Union Station, the press conference preceding the performance and unrestricted, stage-front access for the entirety of the historic Coliseum concert.
Mitchell then snapped additional photographs when they performed during their first US concert tour at the Baltimore Civic Center on September 13, 1964.
The images will be on exhibit first in London at Christie's South Kensington from June 11-12, then at the Grosvenor House, a JW Marriott Hotel, on June 17-25 and then at Christie's New York from July 11-20 before they are offered at auction in New York on July 20 at 7pm.
The Beatles have had a monumental influence on music and pop culture, inspiring a global fan base and becoming the most popular band in music history. Today, the Beatles still captivate millions of collectors and investors around the world and that doesn't seem likely to change any time soon.
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