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    The Rolling Stones Signed Contract With Framed Band Photo (1965). The eleventh, final page of a contract signed by all five members of the Rolling Stones (Mick, Keith, Brian, Bill, and Charlie) and manager Andrew Loog Oldham. This incredibly rare document came from the collection of David Goldberg, a trademark/copyright attorney who worked with the band, as well as London/Decca.

    The summer of 1965 saw the Rolling Stones peaking on the charts with smash hit "(I can't get no) Satisfaction," the band's first number one in the United States. They toured the globe constantly throughout the year and commercial success followed.

    What makes this contract particularly rare and important is the additional signature of Oldham (a protégé of Brian Epstein), the man credited with shaping the Stones' image and sound that led to their worldwide success in the mid-60s. The document represented a new chapter in the Stones business affairs in which they were managed by Allen Klein of ABCKO. It would set the band on a new financial path that would be much debated over the following years.

    Also included with the contract page is a letter of provenance and an original photograph taken of the band with their accountants during the time in which the document was signed.

    In his book Rolling with the Stones, Bill Wyman wrote, "On Thursday 29 July, 1965, we went to Decca with Andrew and Allen in order to sign a new recording contract in Decca's boardroom." He also noted that the deal began on July 30, 1965, the same day the photograph is dated. One would suspect the photo was actually taken on the 29th but dated the 30th as that was the day the contract officially began.

    This contract page represents a monumental sea change in the Rolling Stones' business affairs. It would last into the early 70s and would ultimately lead to the band exiling in the south of France to record their monumental album Exile on Main St.

    All signatures are in black ballpoint pen. Page measures 8 ½" x 11". Lot also includes a framed black and white photo of the band at the closing party when the contract was signed. Framed to an overall 9 ¼" x 11 ½". Photo has writing on it in black ink, identifying each person. Contract is in Very Good Plus condition with numerous staple holes in the upper left corner, while the photo is in Very Good condition with toning along the top edge. LOA from Goldberg's daughter, provided by consignor. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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