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 FULL BAND UK CONCERT HANDBILL SIGNED BY ALL FOUR MEMBERS FROM 1963 !

High Bid: $4,150.00
Bids: 41
Time Left:
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Beatles ULTRA RARE VINTAGE 1969 SIGNED UK ' ABBEY ROAD ' LP COVER! CAIAZZO COA

High Bid: $2,695.00
Bids: 36
Time Left:
1d 22h 29m


Beatles VERY RARE 2012 ' ITUNES ' BEATLES TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS LP ONLY 1000 MADE

High Bid: $1,025.00
Bids: 20
Time Left:
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Beatles Yesterday and Today 2nd State Mono Butcher Cover in Shrinkwrap - 1966

High Bid: $685.00
Bids: 8
Time Left:
4h 25m


Beatles OUTSTANDING 1972 GEORGE HARRISON FULLY SIGNED CHECK! CAIAZZO COA

High Bid: $552.00
Bids: 14
Time Left:
4d 22h 17m


Beatles*1966 Orig.Stereophonic*Butcher Cover* 3rd State(Peeled)Yesterday&Today !

High Bid: $495.00
Bids: 22
Time Left:
1d 4h 25m


Beatles 1970 US ' HEY JUDE ' ALBUM FACTORY SEALED WITH RARE LARGE TITLE STICKER!

High Bid: $332.95
Bids: 24
Time Left:
1d 46m


BEATLES - LP - UHQR - Sgt. Pepper's - MFSL - MFQR1-100 - VG++ - McCartney-Lennon

High Bid: $325.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
3d 1h 47m


Beatles 1964 MEET THE BEATLES COMPACT 33 JUKEBOX EP W COVER, TITLE STRIPS & PICS

High Bid: $280.00
Bids: 12
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Vintage 1964 Beatles Dolls by Nems, Seltaeb, Complete Set of 4 w/ Instruments NR

High Bid: $202.50
Bids: 8
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19h 49m


Rare Beatles Yellow Submarine Lionel #6870 Car RGS Trains Limited Edition

High Bid: $200.00
Bids: 1
Time Left:
2d 18m


Beatles GREAT VINTAGE 1968 U.S. JOHN LENNON / YOKO ONO ' TWO VIRGINS ' LP SEALED

High Bid: $151.00
Bids: 28
Time Left:
1d 55m


Beatles Memorblia Lot

High Bid: $137.50
Bids: 33
Time Left:
1d 17h 43m


The Beatles Cartoon Kit Colorforms original vintage toy Nems 1966 Rare

High Bid: $129.50
Bids: 12
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BEATLES official Fan Club 1970 APPLE records cube never folded original mailer

High Bid: $125.79
Bids: 5
Time Left:
5d 2h 1m


Beatles VERY RARE 1969 MERRY CHRISTMAS KYA EXCLUSIVE 12" RECORD !

High Bid: $113.50
Bids: 23
Time Left:
1d 22h 57m


Beatles RARE 1966 PHILIPPINES IN-STORE PROMOTIONAL CONCERT STICKER RIZAL STADIUM

High Bid: $112.50
Bids: 15
Time Left:
2d 40m


BEATLES PICTURE SLEEVE & RECORD RARE WEST COAST PACKAGE "LET IT BE"

High Bid: $100.00
Bids: 2
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3d 5h 59m


BEATLES SECOND ALBUM COMPACT 33 EP Capitol SXA-2080 Rare Record Only Scranton

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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2d 23h 31m


Rare Genuine Business Card BRIAN EPSTEIN The BEATLES Business & Personal Manager

High Bid: $99.99
Bids: 1
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5d 22h 25m


Beatles LATE 1960s ISSUE ' SGT PEPPERS LHCB ' LP FACTORY SEALED ! BEAUTIFUL!

High Bid: $97.00
Bids: 7
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1d 23h 4m


2 BEATLES SOAKY Colgate Bubble Bath PAUL MCCARTNEY RINGO STARR 1965

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
44m 26s


VINTAGE 1960'S BEATLES UK PYX 45 RECORD HOLDER CASE W/DEZO HOFFMAN PHOTO FRONT

High Bid: $95.00
Bids: 1
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6d 4h 27m


1964 VINTAGE THE BEATLES A HARD DAY'S NIGHT MOVIE POSTER 22 X 14 VERY COOL RARE

High Bid: $92.00
Bids: 12
Time Left:
1d 4h 4m


Beatles Capitol Blue Starline 45s - Complete Set of 17 - Early 1980s - All Mint

High Bid: $86.00
Bids: 2
Time Left:
4h 31m


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