Rare 1964 Beatles photographs set to star in selling exhibition

A collection of rare photographs taken by Mike Mitchell during the Beatles' first concert on their 1964 US tour will take pride of place in the annual Fine Art Photography Invitation held by David Anthony Fine Art from August 2-30.

Beatles 1964 Mike Mitchell photograph
The photographs were barely visible until new technology allowed for their enhancement

The 18 limited edition prints are the first of Mike Mitchell's Beatles photographs seen since Christie's 2011 auction entitled The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell, which saw a one of a kind edition achieve a total of $360,000.

Prices for the prints at the present event start at $2,000, rising to $34,000.

The Beatles' 1964 concert in the Washington Coliseum in Washington, DC was the first live Beatles concert on US shores, taking place just two days after the unforgettable Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

Mitchell was granted a press pass to the concert, but had no flash available for his camera, forcing him to use the existing light and creating the atmospheric images. However, they were barely visible until new technologies allowed for their enhancement.

A further selection of Mike Mitchell's most recent photographs, part of his Lumi-Gnosis series, will also feature in the exhibition, continuing the photographer's exploration of the emotive power of light.

Paul Fraser Collectibles specialises in sourcing the finest Beatles memorabilia for sale, including a fantastic and varied series of signed photographs.

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