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Lot #5003
Beatles Signed 'Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You' 45 RPM Single Record - Parlophone UK First Pressing

First pressing of the Beatles' debut single, signed the day after its release

Estimate: $25000+

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First pressing of the Beatles' debut single, signed the day after its release

Exceptionally rare and desirable Parlophone UK first pressing of the band's debut single, 'Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You,' signed on the label in black ballpoint by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. This first pressing has the 'Type 1' label with "Made in Gt. Britain" below the Parlophone logo and has a "ZT" tax code and matrix number of "7XCE 17145-1N." Handsomely mounted, suede-matted, and framed under Tru Vue Museum Glass with an early portrait of the Beatles to an overall size of 15.25 x 22. In fine condition, with silvering to dark areas of the photo, which could easily be replaced. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Tracks, noting that "the autographs were obtained at a record signing session at Dawson's Music Shop, Widnes, England, on 6th October 1962 just one day after the record's release." Also includes the original multicolored 'Type 1' Parlophone record sleeve.

Perhaps most interesting about this single is the rarity of the music itself-only the first UK pressings used the 'Love Me Do' track recorded in studio with Ringo Starr as the drummer. Dissatisfied with Ringo's work, producer George Martin hired Andy White as a session drummer and had them record a second version. All future British pressings of the single, the American release, and their Please Please Me debut album used the track featuring White on the drums; the version of the song on this 45 has only been sporadically re-released on compilation albums of rare or unusual Beatles recordings. A magnificent, well-displayed piece representing the earliest days of the band.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: April 29, 2024 - May 23, 2024

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