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    The Beatles Autographs (1964). This single-owner set of Beatles autographs was obtained by an Air France employee when the Beatles arrived in Los Angeles from London for their August 23, 1964 concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
    As he describes it: "I was working for Air France and found myself in the US immigration office, where I was delivering the general declaration. I was surprised to be suddenly asked by an immigration officer to quickly enter one of the offices for my protection, due to the invasion of enthusiastic Beatles fans. In those days, not much security was in place and a crowd of people had penetrated the area. The immigration officers... probably thought I was accompanying the Beatles. So I was stuck with them and we spent 20 minutes, just the five of us, in the small office waiting for the crowd to be sent away. We talked about their upcoming concert at the Hollywood Bowl, and I figured I might as well ask them for the autographs, which they graciously gave to me."
    The 6" x 8.5" cream-colored stationery page bears fantastic big and bold signatures from John, Paul, George, and Ringo in black ink, and is in Very Fine condition. A set of perpendicular fold creases passes through through each of the signatures and a small area of tape residue overlaps the "P" in McCartney's signature, but the effect is minimal and the autographs are all clean, sharp, and unfaded. Autographs by the group are in high demand -- after 1964 the group was signing fewer and fewer items, and by 1969 very few at all. After the band stopped doing live concerts in 1966, they came together as a group mostly just for recording sessions, and only until production concluded on Abbey Road in August, 1969, making this unique item very desirable. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.


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    February, 2011
    18th-19th Friday-Saturday
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