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Lot #9002
Beatles Signed 1963 Parlophone Promo Card - the first to show new drummer Ringo Starr

Fully signed early 1963 Parlophone promo card, the first to feature Ringo with the band

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Fully signed early 1963 Parlophone promo card, the first to feature Ringo with the band

Desirable early Parlophone Records promo card of the Beatles during a recording session in the Abbey Road Studios, 5.75 x 3.5, signed on the reverse in blue ballpoint, "John Lennon," “Ringo Starr," "Paul McCartney,” and “George Harrison,” who adds an inscription below, “To Jackie love from The Beatles.” The consignor notes that the signatures date to February/March 1963. In very good to fine condition, with light soiling and creasing. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks.

Parlophone Records produced a small number of promotional photo cards in two formats—a horizontal version and a vertical one, with pictures shot by famed Beatles photographer Dezo Hoffmann while the Beatles were in the studio recording their first single, ‘Love Me Do.' Almost all of these cards were signed on the reverse due to the lack of signing space on the front. Taken on September 4, 1962, the image shows the group in their final incarnation at the very beginning of their storied career, and the first promo card with new drummer Ringo. Interestingly, George Harrison has a black eye in the photograph, the result of an argument with a Beatles fan several days before the recording session. The recent firing of drummer Pete Best had rankled a large contingent of Beatles fans, one of whom showed his displeasure by punching Harrison in the face before a concert at the Cavern Club on August 19, 1962.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #679 - Ended December 14, 2023

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