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 ORIG 1966 2nd STATE STEREO PASTE OVER BUTCHER COVER! BUTCHER 100% INTACT

High Bid: $1,588.13
Bids: 19
Time Left:
1d 22h 53m


ESCO 1984 Beatles Statues set of 4 in Excellent Condition - RARE

High Bid: $1,000.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
1d 9h 54m


Beatles VINTAGE 1966 NEAR MINT ' CANDLESTICK PARK ' FULL UNUSED CONCERT TICKET!

High Bid: $835.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
3m 25s


Beatles ORIGINAL 1964 WING DINGS TENNIS SHOES STILL NEW IN THE BOX UNUSED! BLUE

High Bid: $760.00
Bids: 17
Time Left:
19h 47m


Beatles RARE ORIGINAL 1968 SET OF YELLOW SUBMARINE ' HANGERS ' NEW IN PACKAGE!

High Bid: $710.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
20h 18m


BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE MOVIE ANIMATION PRODUCTION CEL-CELL-1968-JOHN-LUCY

High Bid: $689.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
8h 56m


Beatles VINTAGE 1968 ' YELLOW SUBMARINE ' ALARM CLOCK! WORKS GREAT! COMPLETE!

High Bid: $435.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
19h 20m


Beatles ULTRA RARE 1974 JOHN LENNON LARGE ' LISTEN TO THIS BUS ' PROMO POSTER

High Bid: $410.00
Bids: 26
Time Left:
3d 20h 47m


Beatles ORIG 1966 U.S. ' YESTERDAY & TODAY ' BUTCHER COVER IN-STORE PROMO POSTER

High Bid: $370.23
Bids: 23
Time Left:
3d 20h 40m


Beatles ORIGINAL 1964 BEATLES DRESS! VERY RARE NM W TAG & LABEL!

High Bid: $360.00
Bids: 29
Time Left:
19h 44m


Beatles RARE ORIGINAL 1964 BEATLES ' JUNIOR ' GUITAR IN FANTASTIC CONDITION!

High Bid: $279.00
Bids: 19
Time Left:
20h 5m


Beatles ORIG 1964 LARGE BLACK VINYL AIRFLITE ' OVERNIGHT CASE ' IN GREAT SHAPE!

High Bid: $231.05
Bids: 15
Time Left:
3d 21h 29m


Beatles EARLY 1980s SET OF 10 UK MONO BEATLES ALBUMS LPs NEAR MINT !

High Bid: $225.50
Bids: 43
Time Left:
1d 22h 38m


Beatles ORIG 1965 GIRLS VINYL BRUNCH BOX IN GREAT NEAR MINT CONDITION W THERMOS!

High Bid: $222.50
Bids: 15
Time Left:
19h 26m


Beatles RARE ORIGINAL 1964 PLAYING CARDS IN CUSTOM BOX! BEAUTIFUL NM SET!

High Bid: $214.00
Bids: 13
Time Left:
19h 32m


Beatles ORIG. 1966 SHEA STADIUM CONCERT TICKET STUB!

High Bid: $203.50
Bids: 30
Time Left:
3d 21h 31m


The Beatles Forever Dolls | Applause Inc. | 1987 | Includes Instruments & Stands

High Bid: $199.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
4d 21h 4m


Beatles ORIGINAL UK 1978 WHITE ALBUM PRESSED ON ' WHITE VINYL ' COMPLETE! SW NM

High Bid: $160.50
Bids: 16
Time Left:
1d 23h


Brian Epstein Beatles Signed Autograph Original Photo 1964

High Bid: $127.50
Bids: 6
Time Left:
5d 34m


Beatles 1963 UK BEATLES FAN CLUB ONLY CHRISTMAS FLEXI RECORD AND COVER

High Bid: $112.50
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 20h 11m


Beatles 1982 UK ISSUE BEATLES 27 SINGLES BOXED SET! W LOVE ME DO PICTURE DISC NM

High Bid: $110.50
Bids: 10
Time Left:
1d 22h 45m


John Lennon BEATLES Authentic Hair Lock w Autograph Photo Certified Genuine COA

High Bid: $103.50
Bids: 6
Time Left:
4d 10m


Beatles 1987 FULL SET OF ALL FOUR 21" APPLAUSE DOLLS COMPLETE W INSTRUMENTS NM

High Bid: $103.49
Bids: 8
Time Left:
3d 21h 1m


BEATLES PICTURE SLEEVE LOT OF 60

High Bid: $103.02
Bids: 20
Time Left:
1d 18h 26m


Beatles ORIG VERY RARE 1965 "HELP!" LARGE PROMO BAND AID! ISSUED BY CAPITOL!

High Bid: $100.99
Bids: 10
Time Left:
19h 23m


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