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    The Beatles ("The White Album") Low-Numbered A0000004 Copy LP, US Pressing (Apple 101, 1968). In our December 2012 Auction #7064, Heritage sold The White Album #A0000023 for $13,750 (Lot 46242) after quite a battle between seven bidders. In our August 2013 Auction #7081 we sold the lowest-possible number, #A0000001 for $35,000 (Lot 46154) as five bidders slugged it out. There is obvious demand for these ultra-rare low numbered LPs.
    Bruce Spizer, noted Beatles historian notes, "Although some mysteries surrounding the numbering of The White Album covers remain, there are certain things well established. As one would expect, low numbered covers are worth a hefty premium. And you really can't get much lower than 'A 0000004.' An early batch of albums, specifically those numbered 'A 0000001 to A 0000025' was sent to Capitol Records president Stan Gortikov in mid-November 1968. Gortikov sent this box to George Harrison at Apple's Savile Row headquarters. He told George that he was sending 'those copies of the new U.S. Beatles album that are serially numbered 'A 0000001 to A 0000025' as personal souvenirs for you and selected friends. I have personally stolen number A 0000005 because I am a friend too. Besides, I love the music.' Gortikov left the first four numbers for the Beatles, but pulled the next lowest number for himself! It is believed that the number A 0000004 in this auction is from the historically significant batch of 24 that the president of Capitol Records sent to the Beatles shortly before the album's release."
    Included here are the album's four original photos and poster in Very Good condition. The discs are EX 7 and this prize cover grades EX 7 with a one inch split on inside seam and some scratches on the back cover - small distractions for a true treasure.




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    Auction Dates
    April, 2015
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
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