Souvenirs from the Beatles era are expected to fetch the highest prices at an auction of Rock and Roll Memorabilia in London on September 1.
1. GV Exhibits on display at Sothebys' auction rooms, London. (2 SHOTS) 0.09
2. SV ZOOM INTO CU Bust of John Lennon. 0.19
3. GV & CU Piano. (2 SHOTS) 0.25
4. GV ZOOM IN TO CU Poster advertising "Help" movie. 0.33
5. CU Gold LP of Beatles' "Rarities". (2 SHOTS) 0.38
6. CU PAN Posters of four Beatles. 0.55
7. SV Original of "Imagine" lyrics. 0.59
8. SCU & CU Models of Beatles stuck on to record. (2 SHOTS) 1.06
9. CU PULL BACK TO SCU Pop art record cover -- "The Beatles Yesterday and Today". 1.12
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Souvenirs from the Beatles era are expected to fetch the highest prices at an auction of Rock and Roll Memorabilia in London on September 1. The auction is the third to be held by the prestigious auction house Sothebys, and it features 477 items from 1956 through to 1983. Rock and roll memorabilia is becoming a big money spinner for collectors and anything which belonged to the Beatles seems sure to sell well. A signed bust of John Lennon in bronze by sculptor K. Carter is expected to fetch between GBP1,000 and GBP1,500 (1,5000 - 2,500 dollars). John Lennon's Broadwood upright piano may be sold for between GBP10,000 and GBP15,000 (15,000 - 22,500 dollars). Lennon wrote some of the group's top songs on it. These included "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "Good Morning" and a "Day in the Life of". From Australia comes a poster advertising the movie "Help" from about 1965 and it should fetch between GBP30 and GBP50 (45 - 75 dollars). A gold disc, presented to commemorate the sale of more than half a million copies of the long playing album "Rarities", may sell for between GBP2,000 and GBP3,000 (3,000 - 4,500 dollars). A series of four Richard Avedon posters in psychedelic colours were expected to fetch about GBP125 (187.50 dollars). One of the most valuable items in the auction is expected to be the original handwritten lyrics of "Imagine". Lennon wrote these on the reverse of a hotel bill from Majorca, dated 20 April, 1971. The lyrics are expected to be sold for between GBP5,000 and GBP10,000 (7,500-15,000 dollars). Early Beatles fans will recall their trademark, collarless grey suits. These are features on plastic models which have been attached to an album - "Collection of Beatles Oldies", and it should fetch between GBP80 and GBP120 (120 - 180 dollars). One of the rarer items is a "Yesterday and Today" album cover. This was quickly withdrawn by Capitol Records and replaced by a more acceptable one. The original cover was described as the Beatles' own idea of pop art satire and could fetch between GBP500 and GBP700 (750 - 1,050 dollars). Memorabilia of other artists -- including the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, March Bolan and The Who -- are also being sold at the auction.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER