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 11" X 9.25" LARGE PRIVATE PHOTO OF PAUL SIGNED STUNNING IN 67

High Bid: $540.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
2d 17h 55m


Beatles ULTRA RARE AUGUST, 1964 ' FOREST HILLS ' NY CONCERT PROGRAM! NM +INSERT

High Bid: $449.00
Bids: 69
Time Left:
1d 17h 18m


Beatles ORIG 1966 MONO 3RD STATE ' PEELED ' BUTCHER COVER! NICE ONE!

High Bid: $431.50
Bids: 36
Time Left:
3d 17h 30m


Beatles ULTRA RARE 1977 ' CLEAR & SPLASH VINYL ' LOVE SONGS LP NM! BOTH RECORDS!

High Bid: $355.00
Bids: 23
Time Left:
5d 19h 32m


THE BEATLES ~ IT'S HERE! ~ 1968 WHITE ALBUM PROMO POSTER ~ 23x37.75 ~ 1 SIDED!!

High Bid: $352.99
Bids: 12
Time Left:
19h 58m


Beatles 1972 JOHN LENNON ' SOMETIME IN NYC ' WHITE LABEL PROMO LP NEAR MINT!

High Bid: $305.00
Bids: 16
Time Left:
5d 19h 2m


Beatles VINTAGE 64 U.S. MONO ' SOMETHING NEW ' LP FACTORY SEALED! EC PRESS

High Bid: $290.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 18h 50m


Vintage SEPT 15,1964 BEATLES CLEVELAND OH Public Auditorium Concert Ticket Stub 

High Bid: $264.00
Bids: 11
Time Left:
2d 14h 30m


BEATLES ORIGINAL YESTERDAY AND TODAY BUTCHER BLOCK ALBUM 1966 IN STEREO

High Bid: $255.00
Bids: 9
Time Left:
13h 29m


Beatles RARE 1972 JOHN LENNON " SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY " 10" ACETATE RECORD

High Bid: $227.50
Bids: 5
Time Left:
5d 18h 48m


Beatles RARE 1966 INTERNATIONAL AMPHITHEATRE CHICAGO CONCERT TICKET STUB!

High Bid: $224.72
Bids: 15
Time Left:
1d 17h 44m


Beatles VINTAGE 1966 2nd STATE MONO PASTE OVER BUTCHER COVER! VG+! BUTCHER 100%

High Bid: $206.50
Bids: 11
Time Left:
5d 17h 34m


Beatles GREAT SIGNED RINGO STARR & KLAUS VOORMANN ' REVOLVER ' U.S. LP COVER !

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 15
Time Left:
5d 18h 13m


Beatles VERY RARE 1964 ' ATLANTIC CITY NJ ' CONCERT TICKET! FULL & UNUSED!

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
1d 17h 25m


Beatles ORIG. RARE 1966 " JFK STADIUM PHILADELPHIA " CONCERT TICKET STUB

High Bid: $190.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
1d 17h 39m


BEATLES ORIGINAL YESTERDAY AND TODAY BUTCHER BLOCK ALBUM 1966

High Bid: $187.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
13h 21m


VERY NICE CLEAN SET OF 4 REMCO BEATLES 1960'S VINYL FIGURES W/ INSTRUMENTS

High Bid: $166.99
Bids: 16
Time Left:
4d 19h 49m


Rare "The Beatles" Deluxe Boxed Set, from the Classic Beatles Cartoon series

High Bid: $124.95
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 19h 17m


Beatles ULTRA RARE 1978 ' CLEAR VINYL ' JOHN LENNON ' SOMETIME IN NYC ' RECORD!

High Bid: $106.50
Bids: 11
Time Left:
5d 19h 23m


Beatles VERY RARE VINTAGE 1965 ' LES BEATLES ' LP WITH THE BAND ON HORSEBACK!

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
3d 14h 34m


Beatles BEAUTIFULLY FRAMED GEORGE HARRISON FULL NAME SIGNATURE! STUNNING!

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 7
Time Left:
6d 15h 53m


NICE VINTAGE 1960'S TOPPS BEATLES MOVIE HARD DAYS NIGHT CARD STORE DISPLAY BOX

High Bid: $103.49
Bids: 17
Time Left:
4d 19h 52m


Beatles ORIG. 1966 ST. LOUIS BUSCH STADIUM CONCERT TICKET STUB!

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 12
Time Left:
1d 17h 27m


Beatles SET OF 15 COLORED VINYL U.S. 45S FROM THE MID 1990s! NEAR MINT

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 19
Time Left:
3d 18h 43m


Original 1964 Beatles Rally Ticket plus Menbership Card from the Fan Club

High Bid: $101.00
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 14h 28m


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