Posted in music on July 21, 2011

Beatles

"Photographs of The Beatles' first US concert, in Washington DC, have sold at a New York auction for $362,000 (£224,000).

Photographer Mike Mitchell took the pictures at the Washington Coliseum gig in 1964, when he was 18 years old.

The 50 silver gelatin prints, which were all sold individually, had been estimated to raise $100,000 (£62,000).

Photos of the Fab Four's second trip to the US that year, in Baltimore, were also sold at the Christie's auction.

Among the highlights of the sale was a backlit shot of the band that Mr Mitchell took while standing directly behind them, which sold for $68,500 (£42,300) - well above its pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000 (£1,200-£1,900).

An image of Ringo Starr, capturing a rare moment as both drummer and lead singer, also sold for $8,125 (£5,000)." [BBC]

The above picture sold for $3750. You can see the full list at Christie's site.

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Comments (29)

The backlit picture is great. Those pictures are almost 50 years old and are still better than the pictures used on this site.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:46 AM

^ i'm guessing you run the website backhandedcomplimentvegan.com?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:57 AM

11:46, yes, nobody's ever taken a backlit shot on this site. ever. jerk.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:04 PM

It is criminal Neutral Milk Hotel is no longer around yet The Beatles can tour and tour and tour and tour and release crap and crap and crap and crap and crap and crap

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:08 PM

Can't these people come up with more creative ways to burn their disposable income?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:14 PM

The Beatles broke up in 1970 and haven't tour since.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:16 PM

12:14: I agree. I will never understand the appeal of selling/buying items that have no practical use for absurd sums of money. Call me weird.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:25 PM

Thanks 12:16

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:30 PM

NMH and their two albums from a decade ago. Magnum is cashing in for nostalga just like McCartney

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 12:35 PM

Magnum needs the money. Paul does not.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:03 PM

^that is true I will give you that!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:08 PM

Beatles = Greatest pop/rock songwriters EVER!

You = perpetual loser....time to own up son!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:12 PM

Yoko ono killed The Beatle.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:22 PM

John Lennon totally RUINED the Plastic Ono Band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:34 PM

Magnum definitely needs the money. When was the last time you heard Tom Selleck mentioned?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:34 PM

Once saw a photo with the drummer from Kansas, Dane Cook, Jim Henson's son, the actor who played Radar on Mash, a young Judy Tenuta, an old Conrad Bain, Frank Stallone, Tito Jackson's barber, and Nikolai Volkov....not sure how much that gem sold for.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:37 PM

The Beatles more like The Mehh, am I right people ? Awww what do you know! Im going to go and eat some hummus!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 1:58 PM

these are actually really good photos taken by someone who was only 18. and to think he did it with a film camera which takes a while to master.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:09 PM

The wrong two Beatles died first.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:11 PM

@ 2:11...it should've been you!

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:35 PM

"The Beatles broke up in 1970 and haven't tour since."

Actually they haven't toured since about 1966.

Neutral Milk Who?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 2:53 PM

This post is great continue to make more!

Posted by Jailbreak | July 21, 2011 2:59 PM

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

Posted by iPhone | July 21, 2011 3:00 PM

rich people

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 4:10 PM

MEHtles

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:26 PM

in 40 years photos of Matt and Kim will be sold for minus one dollar.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 11:56 PM

gelatin isn't vegan

Posted by post of the year | July 22, 2011 2:02 AM

"@ 2:11...it should've been you!"

Easy there kid. Beatles fans can be so touchy, lol!

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:38 AM

The reason why people spend absurd amounts of money on this stuff is because it's a guaranteed sound investment. Values of one-of-a-kind Beatles items have gone up by incredible amounts over the past 20 years, and did not suffer during the recession.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2011 10:52 AM

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