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    This image was the top lot.

    THIS 1964 photo of the Beatles on their first US tour was estimated to make $2,000 but in fact sold for $68,500.

    It was taken by a then 18 year old photographer named Mike Mitchell. He had been granted a press pass. But the photographs were never published and he kept 400 negatives and contact sheets in a box for 47 years.

    With encouragement from friends, he showed them to Christie’s.  They selected 46 images. Partly becasue Mitchell as a photographer is relatively unknown Christie’s reckoned they would make $100,000 dollars.

    The collection sold for $362,000.

    See post for May 26, 2011.

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