Top Bid of $25,000 for 'Beatles Dollar'
But it's not-high-enough to meet the sellers reserve price
June 21, 2013
By James Massey
(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - Bidding soared to $25,000 for this 1963 U.S. Dollar Bill which was autographed by all four Beatles, early in their career. But in the end, it wasn't enough to meet the sellers (unknown) reserve price.
The dollar, signed prior to their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, during The Beatles historic first U.S. visit in February 1964, is thought to be the only one in existence.
According the eBay sellers description; "This is the ONLY Beatles autographed US Dollar bill known to exist. (The symbolism of them signing this U.S. Dollar at the very point in time that they "conquered" America is enormous) All four Beatles have autographed this bill beautifully in 2 different pens, with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr using a blue ballpoint pen to sign, while Paul McCartney has signed in black felt tip marker."
The seller also states (in the listing), they are providing letters of authentication from Julians Auction House and by Frank Caiazzo who provided research for the bills provenance.
Why Are Beatles Items So Valuable?
The Beatles are arguably one of the most influential music groups in popular culture due to their impact on society and their lasting popularity (worldwide) for nearly 50 years.
Because of this, the band has an extremely large fan base. Where there's lots of fans, there's bound to be lots of collectors. And... it's inevitable that a number of those collectors are going to have deep pockets.
Because of this, early autograph examples (particularly those signed by all-four-members before the band was a hit) can really take-off price-wise. Especially when collectors know they may never get another shot at buying the item.
VIDEO: Paul reflects on the Ed Sullivan Performance in 1964 (Source: YouTube)
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