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    The Beatles Incredible Signed Lyric Book with Handwritten Annotations! In October of 1963, The Beatles expanded their international horizons and made their way to Sweden for what would be the band's first European tour outside of the UK. Beatlemania quickly grabbed hold in Sweden as the band made their way through an 8-day, 5-show tour of the country. A media intensive trip, the band made numerous appearances on Swedish television and radio, and was also scheduled for a variety of interviews, including a sit-down interview for Sweden's highly popular Expressen newspaper. On the evening of October 26, 1963, The Beatles sat down with accomplished Swedish journalist Lars Widding to fulfill the interview obligation with the Expressen newspaper. Widding, the father of a teenage daughter who joined the droves of countless Swedish teenagers in the madness of Beatlemania, decided to bring his daughter along for the evening so that she could attend the concert and also have an opportunity to meet the group. As many did during the time, Widding's daughter had created an homage to the group in the form of a handwritten lyric book, accented by a variety of vintage newspaper clippings of the Beatles' images along the front and back covers. At her memorable meeting with the Fab Four during her father's interview session, Widding's daughter presented her lyric book to the band in hopes of getting them to sign the inside. Not only did the group sign the inside, but all four were apparently quite amused by the creation and took time to browse through the book before handing it back to young Ms. Widding at the end of the interview. Presented here in this lot is Ms. Widding's book, completely intact in its original form, beautifully signed by the Beatles on the first two pages: "Paul McCartney," "John Lennon," (reverse side of McCartney page) "Best wishes from George Harrison," and "Ringo Starr" (reverse of Harrison page). All four signatures are accomplished in a strong blue ballpoint ink on clean lined pages, with small clipped photographs of each Beatle directly above their respective signatures. Adding to the uniqueness of this item, Paul McCartney apparently took a special interest in this book. While reading through the pages of lyrics, McCartney decided to pick up a pen and make handwritten annotations and multiple corrections to the lyrics written by Widding. Among the 47 lyric pages in this book, McCartney has made corrections on five pages, including adding the lyric, "these few words 'til we're together," to the song "PS: I Love You", as well as making notations to the songs "Twist and Shout", "Please, Please Me", "Money" and "You Really Got A Hold on Me". Capping off his thorough examination, McCartney has signed again in full on the inside back cover of the book, "Paul McCartney, Beatles." Well preserved and in overall excellent condition, included on the inside of the front cover is the original concert ticket for the October 26, 1963 concert that was held on the evening that the book was signed and annotated. Accompanying this item is a handwritten letter from Ms. Widding in which she briefly recalls her encounter with the band on that fateful day in '63. A magnificent piece on all levels, deserving of a spot as the centerpiece in any memorabilia collection. From The Tom Fontaine Music Memorabilia Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2004
    17th Saturday
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