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Beatles autographs from 'Ed Sullivan Show' on theater wall, photo to be sold

Newsday reported Feb. 6 that a two-foot section of a wall from the Ed Sullivan Theater autographed by the Beatles is being sold by Heritage Auctions. It's one of two items connected with the group's appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” which took place 50 years ago Feb. 9, that the auction house is selling.

A section of the backdrop from "The Ed Sullivan Show" and a promo photo both signed by the Beatles.
Heritage Auctions
This photo of the Beatles signed by all four members is to be auctioned.
Heritage Auctions

The wall, which you can see in the slideshow, is an approximately 16" x 48" section of a plastic or fiberglass moveable wall (called a hard wall traveler) that was used as a backdrop during the Beatles' appearance on the show, the company says. Jerry Gort, a stage hand, asked them to sign the back of the moving wall and supplied the marking pen. Paul McCartney signed as "Uncle Paul McCartney" and each Beatle also drew a caricature by their autograph. It says Gort had to lift Ringo up by the waist to sign above the others' signatures and had to hold the wall with his foot to keep it from moving before Ringo was finished. It says Ringo had to run to get to his drum kit before the performance started.

Newsday says the wall, which also includes autographs from the Searchers, was almost thrown away, but was rescued at the last minute and given to a handicapped Beatles fan. The auction house is including a letter of authenticity and will be auctioned April 12. You can read more about it here.

But there's more. Heritage Auctions is also selling a promo photo of the Beatles, also in the slideshow, autographed by all four, plus Neil Aspinall and Derek Taylor. The 12" x 10" foldover photo album contains an 8" x 10" early glossy. It comes with a letter of authenticity and will be up for bids beginning March 24. You can read more about it here.


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