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Sunday 20 April 2014

Beatles for sale at US auction

The performance by The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago kicked off Beatlemania in the US (AP)

A large piece of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first live US concert 50 years ago is coming up for auction.

It could be sold for between 800,000 dollars (£490,000) and 1 million dollars (£613 million).

Face caricatures accompany the signatures that the Fab Four penned between sets of their historic Ed Sullivan appearance on February 9, 1964.

The Beatles opened the show with All My Loving in front of 700 screeching fans and 73 million television viewers.

A stagehand working that night is responsible for getting them to sign it. Eighty-one-year-old Jerry Gort of Calabasas, California, says: "It was a spur of the moment thing."

The current owner of the 4ft-by-2ft plastic wall section is Andy Geller. He is a veteran Beatles collector and television and film voiceover artist.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling it on April 26 in New York City.

AP

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