• Popular Culture: Rock & Roll M auction at Christies

    Sale 6159

    Popular Culture: Rock & Roll Memorabilia

    12 June 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 170

    The Beatles

    Price Realised  


    The Beatles
    A rare and important early hand-painted concert poster for The Beatles at the Cavern Club, This Coming Friday Lunchtime, Special Double Bill On Stage, 12.20PM THE BEATLES, 1.00PM PETE MACLAINE & THE DAKOTAS, 1.40PM THE BEATLES, Come Along Early!, Cavern Club, Liverpool, 30 November, 1962 -- 30x20in. (76.2x50.8cm.)

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    This is the only known copy of this poster. Posters from this period in the Beatles' history are exceptionally rare and only a handful of posters documenting their appearances at the Cavern Club are known to be in existence. In fact, this is the earliest Beatles concert poster ever offered at Christie's.

    The Beatles made 292 appearances at the Cavern Club between February, 1961 and August, 1963. The club witnessed some pivotal moments in Beatles history, with Brian Epstein first watching the Beatles there on 9 November, 1961. This poster dates from a time when the Beatles had secured their recording contract with Parlophone in June of 1962 and had just released their debut single Love Me Do in October, 1962.

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    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 20% on the buyer's premium.


    Ex-lot 66, Collectors Carousel, Sotheby's, New York, 16 June, 1994
    From An Important Private Collection.

    Pre-Lot Text

    The Beatles