A Record Sleeve Signed by All Four Beatles Could Fetch Over $30,000 at Auction

It’s not every day that an item signed by the Fab Four comes up for sale.

A first-pressing record sleeve of the Beatles’ first LP, Please Please Me, signed by the entire band is expected to hammer down for at least $30,000 Heritage Auctions this month. The Music Memorabilia and Concert Posters Signature sale, happening on July 19 and 20, encompasses hundreds of items of music history, but the Beatles sleeve is the star of the show.

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“This is a fantastic vintage album cover for the British Parlophone Records edition of the Beatles’ first LP, autographed beautifully on the reverse by the band members in large, bold script written in fountain pen,” Garry Shrum, Heritage’s director of entertainment and music memorabilia, said in a statement. “The band appeared on the ABC TV variety show Big Night Out and signed it for a fan while filming a comedy skit for the show. Most collectors would be hard-pressed to name a Beatles item more desirable than a signed version of their groundbreaking first UK album.”

The album was released quickly on March 22, 1963, as the record company rushed to meet demand after the Beatles released the singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do,” both of which appear on the LP. The lot includes only the sleeve, not the record disc itself. Heritage says the rarity is in “fine condition,” though there is a little wear, discoloration, and corner bumping.

Historically, Beatles memorabilia can fetch a pretty penny on the auction block. Earlier this year, the guitar that John Lennon used while recording “Help!” achieved a record-breaking $2.9 million. It became the most expensive Beatles guitar ever sold at auction, hammering down for three times its pre-auction high estimate. And just a couple of weeks ago, a Beatles record with Paul McCartney’s name misspelled went home with a bidder for just under $9,000.

The Heritage sale contains several other Beatles pieces, including an unused ticket to the band’s Shea Stadium concert in 1965 and a compact promotional release of their second album. Plus, there are items from the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and other classic rock heroes.

While in the 1960s these bands may have been competing for airtime, now they’re competing for the big bucks on the auction block.

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