$19,999 for Epstein's Beatles 'Butcher'

The controversial album considered a favorite among vinyl collectors

December 17, 2013
By James Massey

(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - A rare Beatles 'Butcher' album, once owned by The Beatles manager Brian Epstein has fetched $19,999.

According to the Beatles memorabilia dealer who sold the album; "This is easily the most important copy of any album i've ever offered to date. It is an original 1966 U.S. first state stereo Butcher cover 'Yesterday and Today' album that was the personal copy of Beatles manager and close friend to the band, Mr. Brian Epstein! (See how the seller got the record, as descibed in the eBay listing)"

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.

Add the fact that this particular album was personally owned by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein... and it adds whole new level of rarity.

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.

Earlier this year (March, 2013) a rare copy of The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), signed by all four band members, sold for $290,500. The sale broke the world record for the most expensive record sold at that time.

Video: The Beatles Butcher back-story, from a 2003 Antiques Roadshow appraisal

Auction Data & Statistics

The Beatles 'Butcher Album' received 37 bids from 18 bidders over the course of 7 days. The opening bid on October 22nd, was 99 cents. The final bid was $19,999. The eBay view-counter recorded over 1,800 visitors to the listing. The auction ended on Tuesday, December 17 (2013), at 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time.

For more information and close-up photos of the album see; **eBay auction listing; #201001786136 (auction links may expire after 90 days).

Related Beatles Items, Auctions, and Information:


Want to quote us? If you're willing to credit the article to WhatSellsBest.com, and install a live-link to the original article, or www.WhatSellsBest.com, you can feel free to quote up to 50 words.

While all other uses are prohibited without prior written permission (from whatsellsbest.com), we are friendly, and often willing accommodate mutually beneficial ideas and collaborations.

Feel free to contact us with any questions and/or comments. More info about WhatSellsBest.com is posted below.

*Price is based on foreign (currency) exchange rate at time of sale.
** eBay auction links generally expire within 90 days of auctions end

About WhatSellsBest.com

WhatSellsBest.com is a free website which monitors millions of auction items, to track the top selling (highest bid) items on eBay, and report top sold items from a variety of specialty auction houses worldwide.

Founded in late 2008, by James Massey, the site has quickly became a valued resource for collectors and treasure hunters interested in knowing which rare antiques and vintage collectibles were selling best at auction.

Journalist and reporters from a wide-variety of media outlets, (CBS, AOL News, Inside Source, eBay Radio, Smart Money, and others) have also found WhatSellsBest.com to to be an informative and helpful website.