FOUND > 1964 Beatles Photos Fetch $358,000

Taken by an 18-year-old Photographer and kept in a box for decades


Sample of The Beatles photo collection (Mike Mitchell | Omega Auctions).
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March 28, 2018
By James Massey, What Sells Best News

LONDON - A collection of previously unseen photos of The Beatles, taken by an 18-year-old photographer in 1964, then kept in a basement box for decades, have fetched $358,000 at Omega Auctions.

The photographer, a teenage Mike Mitchell. Received the impulse to photograph The Beatles, while driving down a street with his mother, listening to them on the car radio.

In the Omega video interview below, Mitchell recalls "how powerful and energizing" their music was. And how he felt compelled to see if he could get his hands on a press pass.

Mike Mitchell recalls photographing The Beatles when he was 18 (Omega Auctions).

He contacted a magazine he had done work for, and managed to get the pass. Along with extraordinary access to The Beatles U.S. visit. At a time when press events were far less managed than they are today.

Many of the settings were dark, and Mitchell didn't have a camera flash. So he decided to do something bold, by using any ambient light he could find. The end result was a theme of 'Illumination' which runs through all the photos.

In all, he captured hundreds of behind the scenes shots, in addition to the bands 1964 performances at Washington Coliseum and the Baltimore Civic Center (some of the photos are highlighted in the video above).

Afterwards, the negatives ended up being put away in a box and stored in his basement, where they sat unseen for decades. Until 2011, when Mitchell released 46 of the images for an auction at Christie's.

Story about the photos, prior to the auction at Christies (Euro News)

Collectively, those 46 photos in Christie's auction were expected to fetch $100,000. However, collectors were out in force, and the entire lot ended up bringing $361,938.

According to Omega's description, the lot sold in this latest auction, consisted of primarily 413 photo negatives. Most had never been seen publicly. Along with more than 40 high-resolution digitally restored images.

Reportedly, the entire archive was sold with full copyright, for approximately $358,000 on March 24, 2018.

THE BEATLES AS A COLLECTIBLE

Among the music memorabilia items we've tracked. The Beatles have been making auction headlines in top selling rare collectibles ever since we started publishing in 2008. Here's a few of the more notable stories.

To monitor the current price strength of more common Beatles collectibles, you may want to keep an eye on the highest-bid items in the eBay music memorabilia, vintage vinyl, and photograph categories.

TOP 25 HIGH-BID BEATLES ITEMS (eBay)


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Beatles INCREDIBLE 1968 BEATLES ' WHITE ALBUM NUMBER 100 EVEN w puchase history!

High Bid: $2,036.00
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Rare Vintage 1960's Beatlephones Beatles Koss Headphones W Box NR

High Bid: $1,556.00
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BEATLES Record Player

High Bid: $1,000.00
Bids: 1
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BEATLES 1966 GERMAN 3 CITY TOUR PROGRAM VG MISS BACK CVR RARE CLEAN VTG HTF!

High Bid: $450.00
Bids: 1
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11h 24m


THE BEATLES 1991 HAMILTON/APPLE CORPS LTD FIGURE SET WITH BASE & TAGS 10" TALL

High Bid: $239.95
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BEATLES KABOODLE KIT LUNCHBOX!! RARE LAVENDER COLOR. HARD TO FIND ITEM!!

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
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BADFINGER - ASS LP - APPLE RECORDS STUDIO TAPE - BILL COLLINS PERSONAL TAPE

High Bid: $199.99
Bids: 1
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Music Memorabilia Group, Most Beatles, Books, Photos

High Bid: $185.50
Bids: 24
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3d 10h 58m


Remco Beatles John Lennon Doll Mint in Original Box

High Bid: $185.00
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BEATLES Vintage Vinyl Coin Purse Ringo Starr 1960s- Mint - Rare

High Bid: $152.50
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Beatles 1968 US ' CHRISTMAS RECORD ' FLEXI RECORD W COVER NEAR MINT!

High Bid: $146.00
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Original 1964 The Beatles Nems Enterprises Select O Pak School Vinyl Carry Bag

High Bid: $130.00
Bids: 4
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Beatles VINTAGE 1966 3rd STATE PEELED BUTCHER COVER! STARTER EXAMPLE!

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 9
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Beatles NEAR MINT 1965 ' PLEASE PLEASE ME ' GREEN SWIRL STARLINE 45!

High Bid: $122.50
Bids: 16
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BEATLES ED SULLIVAN Figure Set of FAB 4 with instruments on stage ~ SHIPS FREE

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Beatles VERY RARE 1968 UK ' THINGUMYBOB 45 W SIGNED LETTER FROM APPLE SECRETARY!

High Bid: $116.00
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ESTATE LIQUIDATION - BEATLES SIGNED SGT. PEPPER ALBUM, PAUL, GEORGE & RINGO

High Bid: $113.50
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Beatles 1965 UK / ' THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD FLEXI RECORD W COVER AND INSERT

High Bid: $113.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
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AUTOGRAPHED BEATLES SIGNED WHITE ALBUM STEAM RECORDS LABEL, PAUL, JOHN & GEORGE

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Beatles RARE 1972 JOHN LENNON / YOKO ONO ' HAPPY XMAS ' PROMOTIONAL 45 NM!

High Bid: $111.50
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Original Beatles 1968 memorabilia Yellow Submarine key chain set KFS/SUBA

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Paul McCartney & John Lennon Remco Beatles Dolls 60's NR

High Bid: $95.00
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Beatles NICE COLOR PHOTOGRAPH OF RINGO STARR SIGNED IN THE MID 1990s

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 27
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Beatles 1964 U.S. ' AND I LOVE HER ' PICTURE SLEEVE WC THUMB TAB TOP !

High Bid: $92.95
Bids: 24
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BEATLES Original Topps A&BC Trading Card Bubble Gum Wrappers - Rare

High Bid: $92.00
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