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Item 7054 - Beatles: McCartney, Harrison, and Starr Signed Album Catalog 552 (May 2018)

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Estimate: $4,000.00 +
Sold Price: $8,892.28 (includes buyer's premium)


Abbey Road album flat signed in black felt tip, "Paul McCartney," and in blue felt tip, "George Harrison" and "Ringo." In fine condition. Released in 1969 to immediate success, Abbey Road features classic hits such as 'Come Together,' 'Something,' and 'Here Comes the Sun.' Moreover, this iconic cover artwork, showing the four band members in a crosswalk outside Abbey Road Studios, has become one of the most famous and imitated images in the history of popular music.

Reflecting solemnly on Harrison’s reluctance to sign following John Lennon’s 1980 murder at the hands of one-time autograph seeker Mark David Chapman, Brennan remembers “I met him around the time of his solo album (Cloud Nine), and a few times afterward. He wasn't around much. He wasn’t against signing, per se; he was against getting killed.” Of Harrison, John says, “He was extremely reclusive. I saw him at Heathrow airport in 1988 [image shown], and near a HandMade Films set; I saw him in NYC at the studio with Clapton in the late 1980s.” And chillingly, when Brennan asked for his autograph Harrison remarked, “Sure…As long as you’re not going to kill me.”

Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from Beckett Authentication Services and from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, noting where and when the album flat was signed: McCartney at Logan Airport in Boston on September 27, 2005; Harrison at the Grand Prix Racetrack in Montreal on June 18, 2000; and Starr at JFK International Airport in New York on October 21, 1998.

From The John Brennan In-person Autograph Collection.

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