John, Paul, George and Ringo sign a spectacular image...for Liberace!
Spectacular vintage 12 x 12 group photo from a pictorial souvenir booklet issued by Beatles (U.S.A.) Ltd, the group’s official American fan club, signed and inscribed in black ballpoint at the top, “To Liber-archie best wishes from the Beatles,” by George Harrison, and signed above their respective images by John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney. Paul adds, “a fan,” and Lennon adds an apparently humorous counterpoint, “a band.” In fine condition, with slightly irregular left edge, mild handling wear, and a faint block of uniform overall toning from prior matting. Highly displayable!
Screaming teens weren’t the Beatles only fans, as evidenced by this souvenir. Flamboyant pianist and performer Liberace—here humorously referred to as ‘Liber-archie’—was an admirer…admiration reciprocated by Paul, it would seem, based on his notation. As access to the boys by their fans was all but shut off in 1964—in stark contrast to their earlier visit—only someone of Liberace’s stature would have had access to the band during this tour. In fact, Harrison himself once recounted how, during their August concert in Las Vegas, Liberace visited the band, undoubtedly the setting under which these signatures were obtained. Images signed by all four Beatles from 1964 onward are scarce, even more so with such excellent association. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RRAuction COA.
Bidding opens Monday, July 26
The auction closes on Wednesday, August 11, 2010