Beatles Ed Sullivan backdrop to auction on October 10

A signed backdrop from the Beatles' legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 is to auction at the Fest for Beatles Fans in Los Angeles on October 10.

The performance marked their first live introduction to US audiences and the reaction was incendiary.

From there they embarked on a US tour, beginning a love affair with the nation that endured right up until they split up in 1970.

Beatles wall
The section of wall was presented to a fan after the show

Measuring 16"x48", the lot features signatures and doodles from the band made shortly before they stepped out on stage.

Jerry Gort, one of the stagehands on the show, remembered: "The performers coming from their dressing rooms also on stage right had to pass me when going on stage.

"When the Beatles were on the second time, we were using a hard wall traveller. As the Beatles were coming on stage I asked them if they would sign the back of the traveller."

"When Ringo's turn came there was no more room at the same height in the square.

"I put my arms around Ringo's waist and lifted him up so he could sign in the same square. That's why Ringo's signature is higher than the others.

"They were also ready to begin so I put my foot on the hard wall so they could not open it till Ringo finished signing. When he finished I put him down and he made a mad dash to get to his drums."

The lot is expected to make around $550,000. It was offered at Heritage Auctions back in February but failed to sell.

We have an incredibly rare signed copy of A Hard Day's Night available for a fraction of that price.

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