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Unseen Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' photos to be auctioned

A collection of film negatives with over 125 rare photos of The Beatles said to be taken during the filming of the movie “Magical Mystery Tour” in 1967 will be auctioned in June by Fraser's Autographs, the company told Beatles Examiner May 27.

Items from an upcoming June auction featuring rare Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" photos.
Fraser's Auction - used by permission.
This photo signed by the Beatles will be sold at auction this June.
Fraser's Auctions - used by permission.

The photos, which also resemble the Beatles at the end of "Yellow Submarine," were shot by an unknown photographer or filmmaker who was given access to the set of the Beatles' movie filming. The contact sheets from the negatives can be seen in the slideshow on this page. The starting bid for the negatives, which is Lot #195 in the auction, was set by the auction house at £800 ($1,345 USD).

Also being sold by Fraser's Autographs in the sale is a vintage black-and-white photograph of the Beatles performing on TV and signed by all four Beatles. The photo includes a dedication written by Ringo Starr across the top left corner that reads "To David, Best wishes from The Beatles." The starting bid for the photo, Lot #204A, is £6,000 ($10,089 USD).

Also in the auction is a 1980s era Fender Stratocaster guitar signed on the body by Eric Clapton and B.B. King. The guitar was signed for a stage technician by Clapton during his residency of 24 sold-out shows at the Royal Albert Hall that took place in 1990 and 1991. Performances from that series of shows were featured on Clapton's “24 Nights” album and DVD.

Later, the technician was also able to get B.B. King's signature on the same guitar. The auction house said guitars signed by Clapton on the actual guitar body are uncommon. Starting price for Lot #205 is £2,000 ($3,363 USD).

Also being sold is a rare version of a Christmas card custom-made by the Hallmark company in 1963 for President John F. Kennedy. The card front features a photograph of the nativity scene located in the East Room of the White House, but not the words “Blessed Christmas,” which appeared on other versions.

The president and the First Lady signed the cards roughly two days before leaving for Dallas where the president was later assassinated. The starting bid for #Lot #141 is £3,000 ($5,045 USD).

The “Autographs, Manuscripts and Documents” auction, as it's called, will take place on June 5 at Bloomsbury House in London. A public viewing will begin June 2. The catalog is available online at this link. (You can see photos for some of the items in the slideshow on this page.)

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