An original poster for performances by The Beatles and Rory Storm And The Hurricanes at an Operation Big Beat concert which took place at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton on Friday November 10th 1961. Also on the bill were Gerry And The Pacemakers, The Remo Four and Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes.
The poster is from the collection of Iris Fenton, née Caldwell . It was bequeathed to Iris by her brother Alan Caldwell, stage name Rory Storm, lead singer in Rory Storm And The Hurricanes. This was Rory’s personal copy.
The poster measures approximately 50.75cm x 76cm (20 inches x 30 inches). It has a small piece of tape on the top right and left corners, a small piece missing on the top left corner and wear, tear to the edges and some slight damage in various areas. The condition of the poster is very good minus.
Estimate £15,000 – £20,000
Starting Price £15,000
An extremely rare Casbah Coffee Club Membership card from 1959 – 1960. The membership card is dated ‘25/10/59’ on the inside cover, the opposite side of the card is printed ‘Membership Card 1959-60’ and it is numbered ‘No.480’. Both the Quarrymen and later The Beatles performed in the club during 1959 and 1960. The Beatles played at the Casbah club 44 times between their first appearance, as the Quarrymen, on the opening night of the club on Saturday 29th August 1959 and their final appearance on the 24th June 1962. Many people consider that it was the early Beatles appearances at the club that kick-started their career. In the book he co-authored with his two brothers Pete Best wrote, “The Casbah opened on 29th August 1959. It was the brainchild of my mother, Mona Best, and with her determination, courage and foresight it became the catalyst for what would become known as Mersey Beat. It also gave birth to our biggest ever music phenomenon…The Beatles”.
The card measures 11.5cm x 9cm (4.5 inches x 3.5 inches) when closed. The condition of the Casbah Club card is very good minus.
Estimate £1,000 – £3,000
Starting Price £1,000
An original ticket from an art exhibition held at the Lion & Lamb in Milton, Cambridgeshire by Pink Floyd founder member, Syd Barrett and fellow artist Anthony Stern. The Two Young Painters exhibition took place from 29th May to 25th June 1964, Syd using his real name of Roger Barrett. The ticket comes with a letter from Anthony Stern. It reads, ‘In the spring of 1964 I was in the second year of a M.A course at St. John’s College in Cambridge, likewise Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett, he was in a painting course at Cambridge Art School. A mutual friend (David Gale) suggested that we should have an exhibition together. This took place at the Lion & Lamb pub, Milton, Cambridgeshire on 29th May until 25th June. Our friends and families attended the opening evening along with a few curious strangers and the pub ‘regulars’. Interestingly, this was a first for both of us. It was the first time we exposed our work as artists to the outside world. Roger was notoriously reclusive about his paintings and became more so in later life. He did not seek approval for his art, his motivation being to explore himself against a backdrop of historical and contemporary ways of seeing which he encountered at Cambridge Art School. The Stern & Barrett ticket was from the Two Young Painters exhibition. Roger Barrett is remembered as one of the foremost lyricists and guitar performers of the 20th century and as a founding member of Pink Floyd. When he became overwhelmed by the self-exposure required to perform in public, it was his painting that he returned to as a sanctuary. My own career followed a similar but more modest trajectory. After ten years making experimental films I abandoned film and returned to art school (The Royal College Of Art) and began painting again, this time with hot glass. I continue to blow glass in my Battersea Studio after 40 years’.
The blue ticket measures 11.5cm x 9cm (4.25 inches x 3.5 inches). There is a diagonal crease which runs across the ticket from the upper left to lower right corner and a stain on the reverse. The condition of the ticket is very good plus.
Estimate £200 – £400
Starting Price £200
A collection of five large format square colour slides of The Mojos performing at the Cavern Club, Liverpool in the 1960s. Four of the slides show the band performing on stage during Sunday Night At The Cavern, the remaining slide is a posed image of the group. It is highly unusual to find colour images taken inside the Cavern from the sixties.
The slides are from the collection of the Cavern Club compère Bob Wooler. Bob was a pivotal figure in the Merseyside music scene of the early sixties. He introduced The Beatles countless times during their 292 appearances at The Cavern and was a great ambassador for the group. The lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity on Tracks Ltd. letterhead confirming that the items are from the collection of Bob Wooler.
Each slide is housed in a white cardboard mount measuring 7cm x 7cm (2.75 inches x 2.75 inches).
The slides are not sold with copyright.
The condition of the slides is excellent.
Estimate £50 To £150
Starting Price £1
An original 1960s large format photograph of The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, taken by photographer Robert Whitaker. It comprises a black and white image of Brian holding his face in his hands and two white feathers printed across the length of the print.
This lot is from the estate of Brian Epstein and comes with a corresponding letter of authenticity.
The photo has been rolled and measures 40.5cm x 51cm (16 inches x 20 inches). It bears a Robert Whitaker stamp verso along with Robert’s contact telephone numbers (Home 413520, Studio 621497-627452) written in red. There is a 2.5cm (1 inch) tear and hole in the middle of the upper edge and a 1cm (0.25 inch) tear to the right edge. It has wear and creasing to all the edges. The condition of the photo is very good minus.
Estimate £300 To £500
Starting Price £300
A set of four original 1968 hand-painted porcelain Beatles Goebel figurines depicting The Beatles as their Yellow Submarine characters. The figurines were manufactured by the Goebel Corporation, Germany in 1968. The project was developed by the son of the owner of the company and they were produced in extremely limited quantities. It is believed that only around 100 sets were produced; making it one of the rarest pieces of Beatles novelty memorabilia. The bottom of each figurine has the company logo and the year on one foot and the product number on the other foot. This set was originally owned by a former employee of the Goebel company.
Each figure stands approximately 21.5cm (8.5 inches) tall. With the exception of the minor wear detailed below the condition of this set of Goebel figures is extremely impressive:
there is a crack across the underside of each of the feet on the McCartney figure which have both been repaired, otherwise the condition of this figure is very good. The George Harrison figure has a very small fleck of black paint missing from his trousers just above his right heel, otherwise the condition is excellent. The John Lennon figure has several miniscule flecks of paint missing from the back of his jacket and a small fleck of paint missing from the bottom of his left shoe otherwise the condition is excellent. The condition of the figure of Ringo Starr is near mint.
Estimate £4,000 To £6,000
Starting Price £4,000
An original 1979 programme from a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra with special guests which has been signed by Kate Bush. The concert took place on 18th November 1979 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Kate performed at the concert along with Cliff Richard and Labi Siffre. She has signed her name next to her image in green pen, adding the message ‘For Dear Peter, Thank you for your help. Take Care, Happy Christmas. Lots of love’.
The programme has 16 pages and measures 21cm x 29.5cm (8.25 inches x 11.75 inches). There is some creasing to the spine and the top and bottom edges. The condition of the programme is very good.
Estimate £200 To £300
Starting Price £200
A set of original handwritten lyrics by Marc Bolan to the T-Rex song Funky Childhood. Marc has written the lyrics in blue pen on a piece of white paper. They read as follows:
1 for today
cloak in age
the fogy realms
of a dickens
page, school at
4 thru knoledge
door, a funky
Childhood in London (sic)
The lyrics come with a photocopied letter from the original recipient. It reads, “I bought these from a Marc Bolan/T-Rex Convention in Doncaster in the early 1990s. I bought it from John and Shan Bramley who at that time ran the Official Marc Bolan Fan Club”.
The sheet of paper measures 15.25cm (20.25cm (6 inches x 8 inches). The condition of the lyrics is near mint.
Estimate £300 To £600
Starting Price £300