Friday 24 February 2017

Beatles backdrop proves fab flop

The Fab Four, left to right, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison
The Fab Four, left to right, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison

A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live US concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction.

Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said the company would now try to privately broker the 800,000-dollar (£476,000) plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on February 9 1964.

Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named.

Those included a signed Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band original fan club poster for 59,375 dollars (£35,340) and a Beatles Meet the Beatles! signed stereo LP for 56,250 dollars (£33,480).

Autographs from the Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein from the 1964 performance sold for 125,000 dollars (£74,400).

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