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Beatles signed dollar bill goes for big bucks in wild auction

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The auction for a U.S. dollar bill signed by all four Beatles in 1964 before “The Ed Sullivan Show” ended Dec. 4 with a final bid of $24,400, a jump of $14,900 in its final day of bidding.

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The auction, which we wrote about early on Dec. 3, really heated up on Tuesday. Early in the day, the bidding stood at $9,500 and had not met the reserve price. At 1 a.m. ET Dec. 4, about 12 hours later, the bidding had passed the reserve and stood at $23,500. It went up another $900 by the time the bidding ended.

According to the listing, the 1963 dollar bill was signed by all four members of The Beatles in Feburary, 1964, before their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The listing said it was the only Beatles autographed U.S. dollar bill known to exist, though reports of a second signed bill have since surfaced.

The signatures of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were done with a a blue ballpoint pen, while Paul McCartney's signature was made with a black felt tip marker. The bill had also been signed by disc jockey Murray The K, who liked to call himself “The Fifth Beatle.” The dollar bill came framed with a photo of the Beatles arriving at JFK Airport in New York and was authenticated by memorabilia expert Frank Caiazzo, according to the eBay listing.

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