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 FIRST STATE MONO BUTCHER COVER IN SHRINKWRAP! W NM RECORD!

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Beatles PAUL McCARTNEY & LINDA McCARTNEY SIGNED " PRESS TO PLAY " CD LONG BOX!

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The Beatles 1978 French-only 12-LP box set in MINT condition & Extremely Rare!

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Beatles:  George Harrison Rocky hand painted Fender Squire Guitar

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Beatles RINGO STARR ' RINGO'S YELLOW SUBMARINE ' 25 LP SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW SET

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Beatles 1964 VJ MONO ' INTRODUCING THE BEATLES ' V2 LP W SONG STICKER ON COVER!

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Beatles GREAT SET OF 19 BEATLES PROMOTIONAL ISSUE LPS FROM THE 70s TO EARLY 80s

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1991 Apple Corps Beatles Musical Figures Limited Edition Set (RARE)

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5 Item Lot Framed Beatles Memorabilia 1964 George Harrison Guitar String Letter

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The Beatles 1963 Kings Heath Birmingham UK Vintage Snapshot Photograph

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1969 Beatles Yellow Submarine Wallpaper fully licensed by K.F.S. Subafilms Ltd.

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Awesome Lot of vintage THE BEATLES Buttons, Pin Backs, Card Box, Advertising NR

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Beatles, cartoon, figures,McFarlane, original, OOP, Deluxe Box Set,

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The Beatles Sgt. Pepper Figurines Made in Mexico Signed (657)

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Beatles ORIG 1966 ' DISK GO CASE ' RECORD CARRIER! BEAUTIFUL LAVENDER VERSION !

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THE BEATLES 1966 PURPLE DISK GO CASE 45'S RECORD HOLDER NEMS

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THE BEATLES SET OF VINTAGE APPLAUSE DOLLS IN STAGE SET ORIGINAL 80's PACKAGE !!

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Very Rare Beatles Album LP with Jacksonville FL Souvenir Banner 9-11-64 Concert

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