An American 1968 stereo pressing of ‘The Beatles’ “White Album” autographed by all four Beatles on the inner gatefold called “the rarest fully signed Beatles album ever to be auctioned” will be sold by the British firm TracksAuction Ltd. next month, the company announced Oct. 9.
The company calls the signatures on the album “undoubtedly one of the finest sets ever to appear on a signed Beatles album.” The autographs are described as “extremely fluid, bold and vivid.”
The John Lennon and Paul McCartney autographs are signed in black pen with John adding self portraits of himself and Yoko Ono and the date “Dec 73.” George Harrison and Ringo Starr's signatures are in blue pen. The company said the Paul, George and Ringo autographs were not dated when signed, but the auction house had inspected them and compared them to other authentic signatures in their files from 1973-74 and “found them to be perfectly typical examples from this period.”
The auction house says the album was originally taken in lieu of a £100 debt in the 1970. It is estimated to be worth over £100,000 ($159,379). Bidding begins Nov. 22 at the company's website at http://www.tracksauction.com.
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