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    THE ULTIMATE BEATLES COLLECTIBLE AT MEALY’S

    Sunday, August 7th, 2016
    The original cover from The Beatles US release Yesterday and Today in the original sealed and notoriously banned Butcher cover is the highlight of an online auction of 300 lots of vinyl records at Mealy’s through The Saleroom until August 22.  For fans this is the ultimate Beatles collectible. It was withdrawn from circulation almost immediately after the album’s release in 1966 with a destruction order. Many copies were replaced by the more acceptable Trunk Cover version. It is estimated at 3,000-5,000.
    Otherwise estimates are from just one euro up.  From Wishbone Ash to Ry Cooder, Dire Straits to U2 the collection encompasses much to bring baby boomers back in time and interest millennial collectors with specialist taste.  There are records by The Carpenters, Jose Feliciano, Genesis, Roxy Music, Jethro Tull, Christopher Cross, Madonna, Mary Coughlan, John McCormack, Val Doonican, Clannad, Na Fili, Planxty, The Bothy Band, Cat Stevens, Barry White, Blondie, Elton John and The Boomtown Rats.  Simon and Garfunkel, Bing Crosby, Kate Bush, Shirley Bassey and Rod Stewart are there as well as an array of popular music over the decades.

    The Beatles - Yesterday and Today, the Butcher cover.

    The Beatles – Yesterday and Today, the Butcher cover.

    Van Morrisson - Wavelength, 1978

    Van Morrisson – Wavelength, 1978

    THE CONTRACT THAT LAUNCHED THE BEATLES MAKES £365,000

    Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
    The Beatles contract.

    The Beatles contract.

    The contract that launched The Beatles, the most successful band of all time,  sold at Sotheby’s in London today for £365,000.  Signed on 1st October 1962, just days before the release of their first single ‘Love Me Do’, it bound together the Beatles with manager Brian Epstein.  This is the only management contract signed between the Beatles and Epstein after the band attained its final line-up of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.

    The story of Epstein’s relationship with the Beatles is more of a romance than a business deal. From the very first time he heard their sound, Brian Epstein was determined to be their manager. He had never managed a band before but he soon convinced them that he could do the job; he was, after all, a successful businessman, ran the best record shop in town, was smartly dressed, and, at 27, he had the wisdom of age!

    The young Beatles had long known Epstein by sight as the manager of NEMS (North End Music Stores), a treasure-trove of American 45s for the rock and roll-hungry teenagers. Epstein only became aware of the band when a fan asked him for a copy of ‘My Bonnie’, on which they featured as backing band. He soon tracked them down, and on November 9, 1961 visited the Cavern Club in Liverpool to hear them play for the very first time. He returned every day for a week.

    The Beatles agreed to take him on as their manager at a band meeting on December 10, 1961. Epstein immediately set to work putting together the look that would soon become famous around the world. More than a traditional manager, he was considered “The Fifth Beatle”. The band began to crumble after his sudden death in August 1967. As Lennon put it on hearing the news, “We loved him and he was one of us.”

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 5, 2015)

    THE CONTRACT THAT LAUNCHED THE BEATLES AT SOTHEBY’S

    Saturday, September 5th, 2015
    The contract that launched the most successful band of all time, binding together the Beatles with manager Brian Epstein, comes up at Sotheby’s London Rock & Pop sale on September 29. Signed on October 1, 1962 just days before the release of their first single ‘Love Me Do’ it is estimated at £300,000-500,000.  This is the only management contract signed between the Beatles and Epstein after the band attained its final line-up of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.
    “Without this contract, and the relationship it represents, it seems inconceivable that the Beatles could have achieved all that they did: it took more than inspired musicianship and song-writing to remake popular music. The presentation, direction, and internal harmony of the Beatles all owed a huge amount to Brian Epstein. He was, as Paul McCartney has acknowledged, the Fifth Beatle.” – Gabriel Heaton, Sotheby’s Specialist in Books and Manuscripts.
    Fascinating insights revealed in the terms of the contract include that Epstein would determine “on all matters concerning clothes, make-up and the presentation” of the Beatles and a clause allowing for band members to be kicked out “should two or more of them desire to remove one or more of the other Artists … with the consent in writing of the Manager”.  UPDATE: It sold for £365,000beatles contract 4beatles contract 2beatles contractbeatles 1

    A SIGNED BEATLES 1964 UK TOUR PROGRAMME AT WHYTE’S

    Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
    a signed Beatles 1964 UK tour programme at Whytes.

    A signed Beatles 1964 UK tour programme  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD.

    A 1964 signed Beatles tour programme is one of many delights at Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on June 13.  It is estimated at 4,500-5,000. The sale includes Robert Freeman’s photograph of The Beatles used for the Rubber Soul album sleeve, signed by Freeman and numbered 5/75. It is estimated at 300-500. A limited edition Duran Duran concert poster has an estimate of 100-150 and is one of 65 lots of rock, pop and cinema memorabilia.

    There is a huge selection of postcards used by Peter Holder to illustration period scenes in Ireland for film productions.  The sale also features sporting treasures and much to interest collectors. It is now on view at Molesworth St. in Dublin.

    UPDATE:  The sale grossed 220,000 with 80% of lots sold. The collection of postcards made over €22,000 and a collection of coins, estimated at 15,000 to 20,000 made over 40,000 thanks to spirited bidding from British and American collectors and dealers who had specially travelled to the saleroom.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 4, 2015).

    FROM CROKE PARK TO LADY DI AT WHYTE’S ECLECTIC COLLECTOR SALE

    Thursday, June 4th, 2015

    FROM Croke Park to Lady Di, Irish rugby to The Beatles, Whyte’s Eclectic Collector sale in Dublin on June 13 holds plenty of interest.  Rare Irish sporting medals, a collection of 5,000 postcards in 144 lots, three Princess Diana dolls by master maker Paul Crees, film and pop memorabilia including mementoes of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones make a wide ranging mix.  There are 531 lots on the catalogue.  The first 144 are postcards from a collection formed by Dublin based film producer and director Peter Holder.  He began it for the purpose of illustrating period scenes in Ireland for film productions.  Examples from Ancient Rome, Britain and America are among 100 lots of coins.  There are three Princess Diana dolls by Paul Crees with estimates from 1,000-2,500. Lot 368 is a medal presented to a member of Pierce O’Mahony’s club from Navan for the 1895 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played on March 15, 1896.  It was the first final to be played in Jones’ Road, later Croke Park. The medal, together with a Leinster Football Championship 1895 medal is estimated at 5,000-7,000.  There is a collection of autographs spanning the past 70 years of Irish rugby and 65 lots of Rock, Pop and Cinema memorabilia.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    UPDATE: The sale grossed €220,000, with 80% of lots sold. 400 bidders registered on line from North America, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, UAE and Qatar. Most of the lots sold in the room, which included dealers and collectors from Ireland, UK and USA.

    GAA Football. "Virtual Championship of All Ireland" 1895 and Leinster Championship 1895 gold medals (5,000-7,000).

    GAA Football. “Virtual Championship of All Ireland” 1895 and Leinster Championship 1895 gold medals (5,000-7,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200

    Paul McCartney, Hofner Bass Guitar, signed  (2,000-3,000).

    Paul McCartney, Hofner Bass Guitar, signed (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 4,000 AT HAMMER

    Andy Warhol signed Candles Condensed Wax (With Added Wick) Soup (500-700).

    Andy Warhol signed Candles Condensed Wax (With Added Wick) Soup (500-700).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 700 AT HAMMER

    Irish Life - studies of people postcards (24) (80-120).

    Irish Life – studies of people postcards (24) (80-120).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 200 AT HAMMER

    Thunderball cinema poster. 1965 (2,000-3,000).

    Thunderball cinema poster. 1965 (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,100 AT HAMMER

    Paul Crees, HRH Diana Princess of Wales wearing silk bridal gown by Elizabeth Emanuel (2,000-2,500).

    Paul Crees, HRH Diana Princess of Wales wearing silk bridal gown by Elizabeth Emanuel (2,000-2,500).  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD