A copy of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band signed by the Fab Four is expected to bring well in excess of $30,000 as the top highlight on the music side of Heritage Auctions’ March 30, 2013 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction.
Authenticated by two leading Beatles signature experts, the specimen is being called one of the top Beatles autographs they’ve examined in more than 30 years, the auction house said in a release.
“As for impact and presentation, this Pepper signed album tops them all,” said Beatles expert Perry Cox, echoing similar excitement shared by fellow Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo, whose LOA also accompanies the album. “Without question, it's one of the top Beatles collectibles, and certainly signed collectibles of all time, proudly adorning what is considered by most rock and roll critics as the top rock and pop album of all time.”
There are additional Beatles items among the offerings as well.
Included is a Beatles 45 rpm single of “My Bonnie”/”The Saints”, one of their rarest records known to exist, also expected to bring $30,000 or more, and a Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster, issued during their 1965 national tour alongside The Dave Clark 5, The Kinks and the Moody Blues, which is expected to fetch $3,500 or more.
The total of 66 lots of Beatles memorabilia range from an American Express application signed by both John Lennon and George Harrison (estimate: $3,000+), to an unused VIP ticket to a taping of The Ed Sullivan Show, dated Feb. 9, 1964, the night of the Beatles’ history-making debut on national television (estimate: $1,500+).
The auction will also feature lots from Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, jazz great Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones.