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Item 554 - Beatles Catalog 558 (Jun 2019)

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Estimate: $7,500.00 +
Sold Price: $7,500.00 (includes buyer's premium)

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Hugely desirable official program for the Beatles’ infamous appearance at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre on November 4, 1963, or a royal variety performance before Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother, 8.25 x 11.75, signed and inscribed on the front cover in black ballpoint, “To Gwyneth, love from the Beatles, Paul McCartney,” “John Lennon, xxx,” “Ringo Starr, xxx,” and “George Harrison.” The front cover is also signed and inscribed by Wilfrid Brambell, who played McCartney’s uncle in A Hard Day's Night, Harry H. Corbett, and Joe Loss. The program is also signed on the inside by several of the events performers. In very good to fine condition, with overall soiling, edge creasing, and handling wear to the cover; interior pages are all clean, with the exception of mottled staining to the title page.

The band's selection as part of the Royal Variety Performance did much to propel Beatlemania across the whole of England. The group performed four songs—'From Me to You,' 'She Loves You,' 'Till There Was You,' and 'Twist and Shout'—and when ITV broadcasted the show a week later on November 10, an estimated 21 million people tuned in. This was also the event where John Lennon took a jab at the Crown with his famous bit of stage banter: ‘For our last number I'd like to ask your help. The people in the cheaper seats clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you'd just rattle your jewelry.’ A magnificent, fully signed piece from one of the earliest Beatles controversies.

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