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Signed Beatles 'Pepper' album sells for over $175,000

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A signed Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album sold for $175,698 on Jan. 15, Amherst, NH-based auction house RR Auction.com announced Jan. 16.

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The U.K. Parlophone Records first issue mono pressing of the album, was signed on the full-color gatefold in dark ballpoint by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, and in black felt tip by George Harrison, the auction house said.

A young porter, an employee at the Atlantic Hotel, where the band stayed from September 12-15, 1967, obtained the signatures. A letter documenting the story reads, in part: “I got the LP signed when I met them in my home town nearly 20 years ago. I’d just left school and my friend’s mum got me a steady summer job as a porter at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay. To my and everybody’s amazement, the Beatles stayed at the Atlantic for a few days while they were filming.

“The 'Sgt. Pepper's' L.P. had only just been released a few months prior. The manager told all the staff who worked at the hotel not to bother or ask them for their autographs. I thought it was a good idea to take something back and have it signed.

“I sneaked the album back into work up my top as I didn’t want the manager to see. The Beatles didn’t seem to mind anyway as they signed a few items for staff and guests. I remember having to get George’s at a later day, as he wasn’t present when Paul, Ringo, and John signed.”

Also accompanied by a letter of authenticity from noted Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, who states, “These signatures are excellent and complete examples, which date from within months of the album’s June 1, 1967, release date. Fully autographed ‘Sgt. Pepper’ LP covers are quite rare and considered by many collector’s to be the ‘Holy Grail’ of signed Rock and Roll albums.”

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