Beatles items top sales at pop auction

Thursday, October 2, 2003

— The Beatles again proved their enduring popularity when an auction of several pieces of the Fab Four's memorabilia, including a rare early concert poster and a program for a 1965 U.S. concert tour, fetched thousands of dollars.

The Beatles' mementos were among hundreds of items from artists such as the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Queen and Madonna at Christie's biannual pop memorabilia auction. Items up for sale Wednesday included autographed material, lyrics, gold discs, unpublished photographs and clothing.

Christie's said the total raised in the one-day auction was $632,030.

"Once again, The Beatles topped the bill at Christie's pop sale," said Sarah Hodgson, associate director at the auction house.

The poster for The Beatles' 1962 "Number One Star Show" at New Brighton, northern England, sold for $19,516, while the U.S. tour program -- signed by all four Beatles -- raised $22,443.

A single record of their "Hey Jude-Revolution" brought $17,565.