Beatles backdrop proves fab flop
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).