A copy of the “The Beatles” White Album signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr sold Dec. 1 for over $200,000, a spokesman for Tracks Auction told Beatles Examiner Monday.
The exact selling price of the album was £136,800 or approximately $223,822 USD). Director Paul Wane of Tracks Auction said it was “a fabulous price for a fabulous item and a wonderful investment.” The company had called it “the rarest fully signed Beatles album ever to be auctioned” and ““undoubtedly one of the finest sets ever to appear on a signed Beatles album.”
The auction house said the entire auction “was a great success especially in view of the fact that it was our first auction.” Other highlights of the sale included two John Lennon detention sheets from Quarry Bank High School in Liverpool sold for £8,437.50 each (approximately $13,811 USD). Lennon enrolled in the grammar school in Liverpool in 1952 and formed the Quarry Men while a student there. He left in June, 1957, after failing the O-level examinations, according to Bill Harry's “The John Lennon Encyclopedia.” A Beatles expert told the Liverpool Echo on Nov. 20 that the detention sheets should be taken off sale until true ownership could be established, but the auction house said the documents were discarded and effectively abandoned by the school and the sale was permitted.
Also sold at the auction was a pair of John Lennon owned cuff links, which went for £10,937.50 (approximately $17,903).
You can see pictures of the items mentioned above in the slideshow
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