Showing posts with label Auctions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Auctions. Show all posts

Friday, June 8, 2018

Beatles break-up papers, with handwritten notes from John Lennon, up for auction

Info from Christie's. Are those blood stains on the document?!! Or maybe just cigarette burns.


The Beginning of the End: Paul McCartney's 1970 affidavit initiating his lawsuit to break up the Beatles, with John Lennon's handwritten annotations throughout countering McCartney's allegations. A historic and remarkable document that marks the official action to dissolve the partnership that had dominated popular music since 1964. On New Year's Eve 1970, McCartney took the fateful step after years of acrimony and creative differences--many of which are outlined in a series of 25 points in the present affidavit that confronted Lennon at the close of the year.

McCartney lists several main reasons that he had been "driven" to apply for formal dissolution. Firstly the Beatles had "long since ceased to perform as a group". Additionally, he deeply objected to the other three Beatles’ preference to retain the services of manager Allen Klein, whom McCartney deeply distrusted. He also contended that remaining within the Beatles was a threat to his creative freedom. Finally, he charged that no accounts had ever been prepared for the partnership since its inception.

McCartney then offers detail to support his claims, with quite a few provoking comments by Lennon in the margins. McCartney lamented the band's decision to cease touring: “Whilst we had been touring the relationship between us was very close." To this Lennon counters: "many fights on tour about leadership." As the Beatles settled into life as a studio band, they began to drift apart creatively. "Musical differences became more marked," and by the time the band recorded Abbey Road " Lennon was no longer interested "in the performance of songs which he had not written himself." Lennon countered in the left margin: "Paul was guilty of this for years". When, according to McCartney, Lennon finally expressed his wish for "a divorce", he explained, according to McCartney, that "in effect" the band had come full circle, because the band photograph to be used in Get Back so closely resembled their first album. "Never happened" exclaimed Lennon.

One of the final straws for McCartney was the issue of the timing of the release of his solo album, McCartney. Apple had sought to delay the release, an action that McCartney viewed as a threat to his creative freedom. To this charge, Lennon responded that the band "resented the high handed way in which his record 'suddenly' appeared, and demanding release dates with no consideration whatever for other Apple Products." McCartney also disliked Phil Spector's work on Let it Be, and claimed he was not consulted--something that "had never happened before". Lennon countered that it "used to happen in [the] early days". And above all, McCartney deeply distrusted Alan Klein, whom he had attempted to give "the benefit of the considerable doubt I had about him, whilst making it clear that I did not want him as a manager." But as events unfolded, he became increasingly distrustful of Klein, especially "his tendency to sow discord between us individually, by playing one of the other; his untruthfulness; and his unscrupulous efforts to hold himself out as my manager".

Between April and August there were no meetings of the band. In the latter month, McCartney wrote to Lennon "suggesting that we should 'let each other out of the trap'." According to McCartney, Lennon replied by enclosing a photograph of himself and Yoko Ono with a balloon caption asking "'How and Why?'." McCartney responded, "'How by signing a paper with says we hereby dissolve our partnership. Why because there is no partnership'." According to McCartney, Lennon's sent a card in reply, saying that if McCartney could secure the assent of the others, he would consider it. Beside the paragraph Lennon quipped: "I expect something[?] a little less 'poetic' considering his advisors had been explaining it to him for 2 yrs." McCartney then accused Lennon of making agreements pertaining to their joint publishing venture without his consent, to which Lennon countered, "no one can even get in touch with him [McCartney]."

McCartney's suit, which asked the court dissolve the partnership, "to order that partnership accounts be taken and to appoint a receiver in the interim." That "interim" would continue until 1975 as extended litigation was needed to unwind their official association. An important document marking the end of the short, yet prolific career of the most influential group in the history of popular music. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

Video: Auction features 400-plus negatives from early U.S. Beatles concerts

Omega Auctions is selling 413 photo negatives featuring images from the Beatles' Feb. 11, 1964, performance at the Washington, D.C., Coliseum and a later performance, at the Baltimore Civic Center in September of that year.

The shots are all by Mike Mitchell, who as just 18 when he photographed the Beatles' first U.S. concert in Washington.

Here's info from the listing:

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 went on to photograph The Beatles again when they returned to the US later in the year, playing at the Baltimore Civic Centre on 13th September 1964.  

The resulting negatives, taken only with ambient light, since Mitchell had no flash, were put away in a box and sat for decades in his basement. The advent of digital technology allowed them to be fully realised as luminous records of this historical moment. The photographs are intimate, due to Mitchell's proximity to the band; they are moody, the result of existing light; and they are innocent, reflecting a time of heightened optimism.  

The complete archive comprises 413 negatives from the two concerts. The negatives of 46 of the images were digitally restored and seen for the first time in 2011 when Christie's in New York held a special auction dedicated entirely to this collection. Each print was 1/1 by virtue of a tiny 'heart' moniker hidden within. Forty three lots sold for a total of $362,000 (approx. £224,000). 

This lot includes the entire archive of 413 negatives together with high-resolution digital files of the 46 digitally restored images, a further 10 digitally restored images which were not used, original printed contact sheets and high-resolution scans of all contact sheets. The entire archive is to be sold with full copyright. 

Apart from the 46 images used in 2011, the remainder of the images are previously unseen/unpublished. 

In addition, a complete set of 46 prints in a special 1/1 edition (selenium toned gelatin silver fibre fine art prints, various sizes) and a further collection of 24 limited edition fine art prints will be included (full list available on request). All 71 prints are signed by the photographer.  

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hotel registry signed by Beatles up for auction

A hotel registry book signed by all four Beatles in 1962 is expected to sell for up to £10,000 at auction.

The 1962 document from The Bull Hotel in Peterborough was filled in by the Fab Four ahead of a gig in the town with John Lennon and Paul McCartney perhaps expecting to bring some friends back to the room.

While Lennon wrote on the form there would 33 people staying in his room, McCartney went 15 better with 58.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Beatles' "White Album" No. 0000002 up for auction

A copy of the Beatles' "White Album" featuring the stamp number 0000002 is now up for auction at Julien's Auctions.

Each copy of the Beatles' album was treated as a limited edition "print," featuring a stamped number. Ringo Starr owned, and recently sold 0000001, so this edition is the second off the press. Julien's is estimating it will sell for $60,000 to $80,000.

Here are the specs:

A UK first pressing mono copy of the double LP, The Beatles aka The White Album with first press green apple labels, housed in a top-loading, fully laminated thick card stock "Garrod & Lofthouse” cover listing stereo and mono catalog numbers on the spine, numbered: No.0000002. 
As the record manufacturing plant certainly had every machine available simultaneously pressing copies of this album it is impossible to say with certainty which records were truly the very first off the press. The album covers however were numbered in sequence, insuring that this No.0000002 sleeve is among the very first finished covers. The top load sleeve shows some wear to the corners and top edge, but it is overall very clean and fresh with very minor abrasions. The discs themselves show some scratches and wear.
Both discs were pressed from the very first Masters as indicated by the -1 matrix numbers on all four sides. The records are contained in their original black inner sleeves. All labels feature the “Sold in UK.” text but omit the “An EMI Recording” text found on later editions. Together with the four original UK portrait photos and UK lyric poster, both in very good condition. 
It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4. Some speculation in the collectors community goes further to say that they were allotted their numbers in age order, the oldest Beatle keeping number 1 and the youngest keeping number four. Julien’s sold Ringo Starr’s personal UK mono No.0000001 copy of the album in December of 2015, for a record breaking $790,000. This album originates from a private UK collector who reportedly obtained it from a contest. The only contest we have been able to identify in the UK that awarded copies of the album in conjunction with the record’s release is the one advertised in this November 23, 1968 edition of Disc and Music Echo.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Highlights from Ringo Starr Julien's Auction

You can now scroll through the items Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach are selling  off via Julien's Auctions next month. 

Along with numerous artwork and items of clothing, furniture and jewelry are these items of particular interest to Beatles fans.

Click here to see all the items.



Monday, November 16, 2015

See the full list of Ringo auction items

You can view every item Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach are putting up for auction via Julien's Auctions here.

More than 1,300 items are featured, including the drum kit Ringo played on the Beatles' first "Ed Sullivan Show," guitars gifted to him from John Lennon and George Harrison, original art pieces and much more.

If you have more money than me, you can even bid on some of this stuff!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Quiz: Test your Beatles memorabilia IQ

The Guardian has a fun feature today, asking fans to guess prices paid and other facts about sometimes bizarre Beatles memorabilia that has come to auction, including John Lennon's toilet. Check it out.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Documents detailing breakdown of John Lennon's first marriage up for auction

In news to make you glad you're not a celebrity: Legal documents detailing the demise of John and Cynthia Lennon's marriage is going public via an auction slated next month.
The previously unseen and unpublished five page dossier, which was drafted in 1968 by a solicitor dealing with the divorce of Lennon and Cynthia, includes a draft statement made by the Beatles member’s former housekeeper, Dorothy Jarlett.

It details the housekeeper’s account of what she saw while working for Lennon at his family home Kenwood in Weybridge, Surrey.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

John Lennon "Paperback Writer" guitar up for auction

A Gretsch 6120 reportedly played by John Lennon on the Beatles' recording of "Paperback Writer" is up for auction.
Lennon gave [the guitar} to his cousin, David Birch, in November 1967 a year after the hit single was produced in April 1966 at London's Abbey Road studios as part of the sessions for the band's Revolver album. 
 Mr Birch was given the guitar when he visited his older cousin at his Kenwood home in Weybridge, Surrey, and he asked him if he had one that he no longer wanted as he was trying to form his own band with friends. 
 His mother, Harriet, was a younger sister of Lennon's mother, Julia, and the music legend lived near to their family home in Woolton when he went to stay with his Aunt Mimi. 
He said: "I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars. "I had my eye on a blue Fender Stratocaster that was lying in the studio but John suggested the Gretsch and gave it to me as we were talking."  
 ...The Beatles Monthly Book magazine photographer, Leslie Bryce, took a number of black and white and colour photos of Lennon using the Gretsch during the Paperback Writer session on April 14, said  
One of the photos that he took depicts the reverse of the body of Lennon's Gretsch and shows two idiosyncratic markings in the wood grain on the back of the main body of the instrument which are wholly peculiar to the Gretsch 6120 serial no 53940. In addition, there are close-up photos from the session clearly showing the wood grain on the front of the headstock of the guitar.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Quarrymen banjo up for sale

A banjo played by Liverpool musician during his Quarrymen days alongside John Lennon is up for auction.
The Windsor Whirle Victor Supremus banjo is still very much in its original state. Rod Davis joined the Quarrymen in late 1956.
The banjo was used by Rod at all the group's early gigs and also at the historic Woolton Village Fete concert, 6th July 1957, the day that Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon.
The instrument was also played by John Lennon, Rod recalls, "If he broke a string mid-song John would quickly turn to me and he would take my banjo and continue the number. He had no problem with it as it was, of course, tuned to banjo tuning and the chords he had learnt from his mother worked perfectly, better in fact because the banjo had only four strings. It was then my job to replace the string on John's Gallotone as quickly as possible, so that we could swap instruments again before we started the next song. So not only John has played this banjo, but it has also been used by his mother Julia."