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Item 552 - Beatles Catalog 558 (Jun 2019)

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Sold Price: $9,276.25 (includes buyer's premium)


Hugely appealing Parlophone Records promo card, 3.5 x 5.75, showing the Beatles posing together behind their instruments, crisply and neatly signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, "Best wishes, Paul McCartney," "George Harrison," "John Lennon," and "Ringo Starr." Archivally matted and framed with a reproduced image of the card's front image—taken by Dezo Hoffman at Abbey Road Studios on September 4, 1962, when the Beatles were recording their first single, 'Love Me Do'—and a large photo of the group to an overall size of 16.75 x 22.5; backing of frame has a window for viewing front side of card. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, which reads, in part: "These signatures are on the reverse of a rare October, 1962 first issue Parlophone Records promotional photocard…[and] were obtained on February 15, 1963, when the Beatles were performing at the Ritz Ballroom, King's Heath, Birmingham, England. Signed first issue Parlophone cards are very scarce, making this an extremely rare and desirable signed Beatles item." Four days before signing this card, the Beatles spent a full day recording 10 songs for their debut album, Please Please Me, at EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London. Given the close proximity to the recording of their historic debut, this clean cast of bold Fab Four autographs—accomplished on a rare first issue Parlophone card—exists as one of the very finest Beatles items we have ever offered.

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