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DescriptionThe Beatles Four Original Sets of "Beatle Buddies" Lithograph Portraits Unopened in the Original Packaging (US, 1964).
Four original sets after original paintings by famous portrait artist Leo Jansen. There are portraits of each Beatle per set and each portrait measures 9" x 12" in size. Each set is in the original, unopened plastic packing suspended from a 9.5" x 3" hangtag complete with the Beatle Buddies' Club membership card intact. Allegedly this NEMS-licensed product was put out by American singer Pat Boone. His records were not faring well amidst the onslaught by the Beatles and fellow British acts. He has talked about it in several interviews: "I couldn't sell records so I sold prints of the Beatles." He hired a portrait painter (Leo Jansen) and "...had him paint a picture, individual and group portrait of the Beatles and then I knew a guy in the marketing business and we lithographed these prints. Put 'em in packages, put a numbered stub in the packages and sold 'em all over the country through Sears and I was making more money selling Beatles pictures than selling my own records." All examples are in Very Good Plus condition. Slight tape residue on top of packaging of one, with small folds in the corners. From the Connie and Dennis Dailey Monumental Beatles Collection. COA from Heritage Auctions.
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