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Item 670 - Beatles Catalog 446 (Feb 2015)

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DS, signed “Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon,” “George Harrison,” and “R. Starkey,” two pages, 8 x 13, February 11, 1975. Agreement between Apple Corps Limited and Jackwill S. A. in which Jackwill “is able to provide the benefit of services throughout the world other than in the United Kingdom or Eire for the purpose of participating in the promotion and exploitation of commercial phonograph recordings…Jackwill shall procure and provide such services for the purpose of promoting and exploiting the ACL commercial phonograph records produced by ACL for the benefit of ACL as ACL shall request throughout the world…for a period of eight (8) years from the 1st January 1975.” For their services Jackwill will receive a yearly payment of £40,000. Signed on the second page in blue and black ballpoint by all four members. Scattered creases and expected document wear, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a 1993 letter of provenance from the previous owner, which reads “This contract was found in the Jackwill files in the possession of my father ‘R. D. A. Wills’ ergo it is Jackwill’s copy of the contract.”

Disbanding in 1970, the band’s partnership was finally dissolved in 1975. Although no longer a musical group, they continued to conduct business on behalf of their corporation, Apple Corps Limited. Any official company business still required the signatures of all four members, as shown by all four signing off on this long-term worldwide marketing agreement with Jackwill. A complete set of signatures from this late date, five long years after their last formal collaboration, is of the utmost scarcity and seldom ever seen. Pre-certified Roger Epperson/REAL.

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