Earliest Known Color Footage of the Beatles to Be Sold at Auction
A three-and-a-half minute film of the Beatles in 1963 is about to go under the auction block. It is believed that this is the earliest known color footage of the group recorded.
ABC News Radio reports that, this Thursday (Feb. 5), the Surrey, U.K.-based auction house Ewbank’s will sell the 8mm film, which includes onstage and backstage shots, as part of an ‘Entertainment and Memorabilia’ collection. Ewbank’s has released a 15-second teaser clip, which is embedded above.
In addition to the canister, the lot includes a DVD copy, letters of authenticity and souvenirs from the concert, which suggest that it took place on Aug. 23, 1963. Beatles Bible says that was the fourth in the series of five shows they played at the ABC Theater in Blackpool that summer. Chas McDevitt, a skiffle singer who was also on the bill that night, shot the footage. The concerts were hosted by actor Jack Douglas, who would go on to fame in the ‘70s in the farcical ’Carry On’ films.
There is one catch, however. The film is silent, which likely explains why Ewbank’s expects the lot to fetch only between £7,000-9,000 (roughly $10,500-13,500).
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