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    The Beatles Signed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" From Lizzie Bravo! (1967). Unquestionably one of the most desirable autographed Beatle items in existence, we are proud to offer an original 1967 issue of the Beatles' landmark record, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", beautifully signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo. All four signatures were obtained in person by famed Beatle fan Elizabeth "Lizzie" Bravo (known as a "Apple Scruff," Lizzie was also a background singer for the Beatles tune "Across The Universe"), and have been penned across the fabulous image of the Fab Four that graces the gatefold of the album. Accompanying the album is a detailed letter from Bravo in which she recalls her encounters with the band when getting the album signed. Bravo writes, in part, "On Thursday, June 7th, 1967, I went to EMI Studios. Ringo signed my album and asked me why I wasn't wearing my mustache and I apologized. George signed it too and said hello. I asked 'Can you sign, John?' he said, 'Yes, I can.' I took photos of him (John) that day. I had flowers for Cynthia. My album (the actual record) fell on the floor and John picked it up for me. I gave him a gift my mother had sent him - a good luck charm from Brazil. He said 'thanks mum.' On Thursday, June 8th, 1967, Paul signed my album at EMI. I asked him to sign just his [first] name and he signed Paul Mc, looked around at the other signatures, and said, 'I ruined your album!' and stopped writing. I kidded with him that he had just done it on purpose so I would have to buy another album." [Please note the final image below, a copy of the Polaroid which Lizzie refers to above, which shows John Lennon and Lizzie Bravo while she holds the actual signed LP under her arm.] Looking for a more intimate relic from the group that she had come to personally know and love, Bravo requested that all four members sign with their first name. Although Ringo overlooked her request and boldly signed his standard "Ringo Starr" autograph, Bravo was able to get the three remaining members to sign their first names only (although Paul did begin his last name, as stated in Lizzie's account). Accomplished in a strong black ballpoint ink, all four signatures stand out beautifully against the album's bright yellow background with each Beatle signing next to their corresponding images. Handsomely double-matted and housed in an attractive black matte preservation frame (measures 18 x 23 overall), this album stands in overall fine condition. Shortly after obtaining the signatures, Bravo removed the sections containing McCartney's and Harrison's signatures to give to a friend. However, after several years Bravo was able to recover the signatures and have the piece professionally restored. Noted Beatles autograph authority Frank Caiazzo, who also provides a letter of authenticity for this album, comments on the condition, "This album was restored beautifully to near its original condition, and the signatures remain unaffected." An unprecedented opportunity to acquire a true investment grade piece of memorabilia of the highest caliber. From The Tom Fontaine Music Memorabilia Collection.

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