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 ULTRA RARE HISTORIC 1963 ' ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE PROGRAM & TICKET '

High Bid: $1,025.00
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1966 THE BEATLES 2ND STATE MONO THE BUTCHER COVER ALBUM YESTER DAY AND TODAY

High Bid: $599.99
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PAUL McCARTNEY THE BEATLES SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 11X14 PHOTO PSA/DNA LOA AB00823

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Beatles VINTAGE 1964 U.S. STEREO VJ SONGS PICTURES & STORIES LP W STERE STICKER

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Beatles ORIG RARE 1966 " JFK STADIUM PHILADELPHIA " CONCERT TICKET STUB w IMAGES

High Bid: $305.56
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Beatles 1966 STEREO BUTCHER COVER ' YESTERDAY & TODAY ' LP! 3RD STATE PEEL

High Bid: $285.00
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BEATLES Enesco Figures w/ Mini Album Covers ALL FOUR. JOHN IS MUSICAL FREE SHIP!

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Beatles ULTRA RARE 1982 ' RECORD BAR ' VERSION OF THE NAUTILUS DOUBLE FANTASY LP

High Bid: $153.50
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Beatles Original Mono Butcher Cover

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PAUL MCCARTNEY BEN COOPER mask BEATLES 1964 VINTAGE RARE

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Beatles ORIG 1964 COMPLETE SET 64 OF BUBBLE GUM ' COLOR CARDS " BY TOPPS! NM-

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The Beatles original photographs Las Vegas 1964

High Bid: $102.50
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Beatles Applause Forever Dolls

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 2
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7 Vintage Beatles Albums - Abbey Road, Magical Mystery Tour plus

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Beatles Applause Dolls In Original Box

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BEATLES JOHN LENNON ANTIQUE VINTAGE GENUINE WINDSOR EYEGLASSES EX CONDITION

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Beatles GREAT VINTAGE 1965 ' WE CAN WORK IT OUT ' US 45 SEALED and MINT! Last 1

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BEATLES PAUL McCARTNEY Original Hair Lock w Vintage Photo Certified Authentic

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BEATLES JOHN LENNON Original Hair Lock w Shirt Piece Vintage Photo Certified COA

High Bid: $65.00
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beatles charm bracelet

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Beatles RARE 1964 BEATLES GLOSSY PHOTO SIGNED FOR THE BEATLES BY MAL EVANS !

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BEATLES GEORGE HARRISON Original HairLock w Shirt Piece Vintage Photo Certified

High Bid: $61.02
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BEATLES RINGO STARR Original Hair Lock w Vintage Photo Certified Signed Genuine

High Bid: $61.01
Bids: 16
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Remco 1964 Beatles doll--Paul McCartney with Guitar

High Bid: $60.00
Bids: 1
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RARE SET OF ORIGINAL 1968 BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE MOVIE PINBACKS

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