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Record dealer acquires big collections of Beatles memorabilia

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Southern California dealer Rockaway Records announced Feb. 4 it has acquired several collections of very rare and vintage Beatles memorabilia with many items not seen for a long time.

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The items, Rockaway says, feature pieces not available since their initial introduction as promotional and retail offerings from nearly five decades ago. These include Beatles dolls, posters and original advertising materials and displays for such Beatles albums as "Meet the Beatles," "Beatles VI" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." You can see some of the items in the slideshow on this page and also in a video on YouTube. The dealer estimates the total value of the items at over $500,000.

Rockaway says that in addition, in honor of the Beatles’ 50th anniversary and Rockaway's 35th anniversary, it is currently running an online contest throughout the month of February. Grand prize is an unused ticket from the Beatles Shea Stadium concert from Aug. 23, 1966 with a certificate of authenticity from promoter Sid Bernstein. Second prize is the new box set of “The U.S. Albums.” To enter, like Rockaway's Facebook page.

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