Rare Beatles autograph group to sell at Grantham Auction Rooms

25th February 2013

A rare early autograph group (Lot 1) signed by all Fab Four members and inscribed 'lots of love from The Beatles' will be sold at The Grantham Auction Rooms on Wednesday 6th March 2013.

Autograph groups signed by all four of the original members of the band do not appear very often and are highly sort after by museums and Beatles collectors. This particular autograph group was obtained early in 1963, when the group had just recorded their first album and was starting to see some success. They were one of several bands who played a gig in Nottingham at the Elizabethan Rooms on March 7th, 1963. The compere for the evening obtained the Fab Four's signatures in their dressing room.

Grantham Resident Valuer & Auctioneer, Luke Handley, stated "Considering their career together spanned less than a decade, the legacy left behind by The Beatles is considerable. Their influence on popular culture, fashion and style has no equal, even now, fifty years later and cannot be underestimated. But it's the hysteria that erupted wherever they went that might be most remembered."

The autographs are framed glazed and mounted with the script: "Elizabethan rooms, Nottingham, March 7th 1963, show compared by Keith Gordon, Supporting acts on the night, Jerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, and The Big Three.

Also appearing in the sale is Lot 30, an interesting collection of Ropsley Village commemorative pottery. Each piece is marked with 'Every good wish for Christmas and the New Year from A F Rowel Gocer and Draper Ropsley. The pieces are dated 1925, 1927, 1928 and 1934.

We also have Lots 7 and 8, two highly decorative 19th century Russian silver enamel spoons with twisted handles. Lot 7 is stamped AA 1889 and weighs 3 oz. Lot 8 is stamped NS which is possibly Nicholai Strulyer, and weighs 2oz 2dwts.

The Fine Art & Collective sale takes place at The Grantham Auction Rooms, Old Wharf Road, Grantham NG31 7AA on 3rd and 4th April 2013. Viewing is open from 10am till 4pm on the 2nd March and from 8.30am on the 3rd March. Interested bidders can contact the saleroom on 01476 565118 or register to bid online at www.goldingyoung.com .

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