The Beatles memorabilia dealer who sold the album, stated (in their **eBay listing) it was; "A simply stunning truly near mint mono original first state butcher cover version of the LP 'Yesterday and Today' in the original shrinkwrap!! (Capitol T-2553) what can I say, it's simply a beauty front, back and all around!"
Why's It Rare?
In 1966, The Beatles 'Butcher' (album) cover was used in an early release of "Yesterday and Today." The album immediately drew criticism due to the image of The Beatles being covered in raw-meat and baby-doll parts.
Things were so bad... When Capital Records first released the album, most stores would not carry it. Sears only carried the album for one-day before pulling it from their shelves.
This led to a majority of albums being recalled so a less controversial image (sticker) could be placed over the original album cover, making the original (first-state) versions extremely scarce.
Back in January of 2010, an unopened copy of the album (unopened in its original 1966 factory shrink wrap) sold on eBay for $26,099.
Rare Beatles items are also one of the hottest collectibles in the marketplace today, often fetching staggering amounts.
Video: The Beatles Butcher back-story, from a 2003 Antiques Roadshow appraisal
Auction Data & Statistics
The Beatles 'Butcher Album' received 31 bids from 14 bidders over the course of 10 days. The opening bid on October 22nd, was 99 cents. The final bid was $15,300. The eBay view-counter recorded over 2,400 visitors to the listing. The auction ended on Friday, November 1 (2013), at 11:22am Pacific Standard Time.
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