While individual Beatles signatures are rare and group signatures are even rarer, group signed photos are even better. But rarest of all are Beatles group signatures on album covers. These are considered the Holy Grail for Beatles collectors. Indeed, there are only 125 of them in the world! The forthcoming Heritage Music & Entertainment Signature Auction in Dallas (December, 13) will offer collectors the chance to own a highly rare copy of 1964 Meet The Beatles Album, signed by all four members of the band.
American releases signed by the band are highly rare, due to the fact that the enourmous crowds and hysteria that followed the group throughout their tours in the U.S meant few people ever got close enough to get their albums signed. Only 12 – 13 U.S albums are believed to have been signed, with five signed copies of Meet the Beatles known to exist.
And this isn’t a mysterious piece that came to surface out of nowhere. There is a good deal of story behind it. The album was given to Dr. Jules Gordon, the house doctor of The Plaza Hotel in February 1964 by none other than George Harrison himself. And this was a token of appreciation for Dr. Gordon had treated George. The album has remained in the possession of his son Jeffrey until now, and will appear in the sale with an estimated value of $75,000. The last copy to appear at auction sold for $115,000 in 2006, so You can bet that bidders’ enthusiasm will push the value of this signed Beatles memorabilia piece to well beyond $75,000.
Other highlights in Heritage Auctions’ upcoming sale include:
- An incredible group of 1951-1955 Marilyn Monroe legal documents signed six times by Monroe. These are expected to bring $30,000.
- John Wayne screen-worn jacket from 1960 movie “The Alamo,” in which he played Colonel Davy Crockett. It is expected to bring $20,000.
- Elvis and Priscilla Presley Twice-Signed Property Settlement Documents from 1972. Expected to bring $15,000.
- A wig that Elizabeth Taylor wore in the title role of “Cleopatra” in 1963, made of authentic dark brown human hair by famed international wigmaker to the stars, Stanley Hall, carries a pre-auction estimate of $11,000.
- A Grateful Dead “Jerry Angel” Stanley Mouse original painting, done by the famous psychedelic artist in 1995, is estimated at $12,000.
- A 1964 Schwinn Sting-Ray Chain-Link bicycle customized for Butch “Eddie Munster” Patrick by George Barris, Skip Barrett and Von Dutch is expected to bring $10,000.
- Stevie Ray Vaughan Handwritten Original Lyrics to an unpublished and unrecorded song. Estimate: $8,000.
- A Michael Jackson inscribed copy of My Autobiography by Charles Chaplin from 1980. Estimate: $8,000.
- A three-page Harry Houdini Handwritten Letter from 1923. Estimate: $6,000.
- Elvis Presley Personally Owned Pink and Black Shirt with accompanying photos. Estimate: $10,000.
- Marilyn Monroe Signed Black and White School Photograph, 1941: Inscribed to the consignor, “To ‘Georgie’ / A super, swell fellow in fact really keen (I really mean it Geo.) / Norma Jeane Baker / S’ 41.” Estimate: $5,000.
- Marlon Brando Signed Playbill from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 1948. Estimate: $1,000.