Uncommon vintage large format March 1963 issue UK Parlophone Records promotional card, 7.25 x 5, featuring an Angus McBean portrait of the band on the front, signed and inscribed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, “Beatles, All the best to everyone at the Darwen Coop Rooms, Paul McCartney,” “Ringo Starr xx,” “John Lennon xxx,” and “George Harrison,“ with an additional beginning of a second signature, “George,” which Harrison has crossed out and added “sorry” underneath. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from a friend of the original recipient, who had requested the autographs. In part: “I saw the Beatles perform at the Co-operative Hall Darwen in January 1963. I had a friend who was a member of the Lana Sisters. When I knew that they were performing with the Beatles in Weston-Super-Mare in the Summer of 1963, I asked if she could obtain the Beatles autographs for me. This set of Beatles signatures on the reverse of the Parlophone promotional card were obtained during this series of concerts held at the Odeon Cinema…between the 22nd–27th of July.” Also accompanied by letters of authenticity and appraisal from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, a letter from Perry Cox, and a certificate of authenticity from Tracks. In fine condition, with a few stray ink marks to blank area of front and a light crease to top left corner of reverse. Infinitely rarer than the more commonly seen smaller format cards, paired with an exceptionally large and bold set of signatures, make this a superlative Beatles item. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL and RR Auction COA.
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