Rare Beatles Album Sells for $36,655
A mint-condition copy of the Beatles' 1963 album 'Please Please Me,' signed by George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, just changed hands at auction with a winning bid of more than $35,000.
Telling memorabilia sellers that "You can't do much better than early Beatles items," What Sells Best notes that this eyebrow-raising sum pales in comparison to a rare copy of 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' that fetched more than $290,000 last year.
While certainly far less than that amount, the 'Please Please Me' sale outpaces another recently sold collector's item signed by all four Beatles: the 'Love Me Do' single that went for over $13,000 in January. The bottom line is that What Sells Best's Beatles assessment is pretty much on the money -- as we've previously reported, everything from a Beatles record player to a rare concert poster has attracted attention on the auction circuit over the last few years, and even McCartney's old door went for more than $7,500 last year.
So take care of those autographs on rare rock mementos in your collections, fans: You never know when they might bringing in a ton of dough.