$12,100 for Rare Beatles Record Player
Bidding-war ignites for the rare commercially produced Beatles memorabiliaFebruary 1, 2013
By James Massey
(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - A vintage Beatles Record Player which was produced commercially for fans in 1964, has fetched $12,100 on eBay. Nearly doubling the price of the last one ($6,100) we tracked back in 2010.
The well-known Beatles memorabilia dealer who sold the record player on eBay, rated its condition as near-mint in the **eBay listing. Adding; "Folks, this one is it! The winner of the all time best record player I have ever offered for sale, and it even edges the one I owned myself in 1982, which before now... Held the title!"
Why's It Rare?
The four-speed NEMS Beatles Record Players (Model: 1000) were manufactured in 1964. The date places the Record Player amongst some of the earliest pieces of commercially produced Beatles memorabilia items.
There's a limited supply, because it's estimated that only 5,000 record players were produced. So, finding one in near-mint condition, fully operational, and with all its original parts intact (especially the serial number tag) is extremely rare.
But still, with litterally thousands out-there... There may be a few left to be found. Perhaps safely tucked-away in an attic, or storage unit. Awaiting transportation to a garage sale, or flea market, near you.
An example of a 1964 (NEMS 1000) Beatles record player in action (Source: YouTube)
Auction Data & Statistics
The Beatles Record Player received 29 bids from 16 bidders over the course of 10 days. The opening bid on January 22nd, was 99 cents. The final bid was $12,100. The auction ended on Friday, February 1st, (2013) at 12:36pm Pacific Standard Time.
For more information and close-up photos of The Beatles Record Player see; **eBay auction listing; # 281055124784 (auction links may expire after 90 days).
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