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 1979 GEORGE HARRISON LOVE COMES TO EVERYONE PICTURE SLEEVE NM

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Beatles COMPLETE SET OF ALL 7 UK CHRISTMAS FLEXI DISCS NM-! WITH ALL INSERTS!

High Bid: $700.01
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Beatles RARE ORIG 1964 U.S. ' CAN'T BUY ME LOVE ' PICTURE SLEEVE! NICE VG+++!

High Bid: $355.01
Bids: 19
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2d 4h 8m


The Beatles vs The Four Seasons VJ DX30 Double LP Classic Original Near Mint

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BEATLES VINTAGE HARMONICA IN PERFECT CONDITION.

High Bid: $250.00
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Beatles RARE 1995 ' RINGO STARR ' SIGNED GARTLAN FIGURINE SEALED NEW IN BOX! #D

High Bid: $242.50
Bids: 19
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The BEATLES Butcher Cover 3rd State Yesterday And Today Mono 

High Bid: $165.00
Bids: 1
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Beatles RINGO STARR 1971 ' BEAUCOUPS OF BLUES ' PICTURE SLEEVE NEAR MINT BEAUTY!

High Bid: $157.50
Bids: 21
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GEORGE THOROGOOD RIAA AWARD

High Bid: $150.00
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Beatles RARE ORIG 1967 ' PENNY LANE ' GREEN LABEL PROMO ISSUE 45 NM

High Bid: $146.94
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Beatles VERY RARE 1967 UK ' PENNY LANE ' PICTURE SLEEVE NEAR MINT!

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Beatles RARE 1964 MGM ' WHY ' PICTURE SLEEVE! STUNNING NM- EXAMPLE!

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Beatles 1964 MONO 1st ISSUE UK BEATLES FOR SALE LP IN GREAT SHAPE! "

High Bid: $102.50
Bids: 17
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The Beatles "Yesterday and Today" 3rd state Butcher cover MONO LP 1966 US

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Beatles 1960s BLACK LABEL YESTERDAY & TODAY RECORD CLUB ISSUE LP! BEST IVE SEEN

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Beatles 1967 U.S. ' PENNY LANE ' EAST COAST PICTURE SLEEVE EC NM NOS

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3 BEATLES ORIGINAL REMCO DOLL BOXES 1964 PAUL, JOHN, RINGO AND GEORGE

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Beatles Memorabilia 1960s 8 x 10 Full Color Pictures Sealed in Package!

High Bid: $99.00
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The Beatles McFarlane Deluxe Animated Cartoon Box Set New & Sealed!

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Vtg Beatles Paul McCartney Ringo Starr Soaky IMCO Colgate Soap Bottles

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BRATLES CAR MASCOTS 1964 RINGO STARR DOLL 8” TALL

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Beatles RARE ORIG 1967 ' ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ' GREEN LABEL PROMO ISSUE 45 NM

High Bid: $81.00
Bids: 22
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THE BEATLES FAB Lot Set of FOUR NODDER BOBBLEHEAD SET VINTAGE REPRO John Lennon

High Bid: $79.99
Bids: 1
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Original 1967 vintage 'The Beatles' Richard Avedon Poster, Near Mint John Lennon

High Bid: $79.00
Bids: 1
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Beatles Can't Buy Me Love Picture Sleeve EX Mint no splits, tears or writing

High Bid: $75.00
Bids: 8
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