One of London's leading auction firms, Sothebys, renowned for its dealing in fine antiques and paintings by the Masters -- turned to the world of pop music on December 22.
1. WALLER: (MONO) CVs Photographs of the Beatles with their music over shots. (2 SHOTS) 0.17
2. GVs Poster for Beatles' film "A Hard Day's Night". 0.28
3. (COLOUR): Poster of the Beatles. (3 SHOTS) 0.42
4. SV ZOOM INTO CU Bronze bust of John Lennon. 0.50
5. CU PULL BACK TO GV Bronze statuette of the Beatles. 1.01
6. (MONO) (FILE): GV Television film of Beatles being interviewed. (SOT) 1.18
7. GV Beatles singing "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" on the 'Ed Sullivan Television Show' in New York. 1.34
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One of London's leading auction firms, Sothebys, renowned for its dealing in fine antiques and paintings by the Masters -- turned to the world of pop music on December 22. Their catalogue called it 'Rock and Roll Memorabilia, 1955 - 1975' and immediately fans of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, and other stars of the past, were attracted. As in their heyday, the Beatles reigned supreme. Early photographs and posters of the Liverpool super-stars were in demand as bidding soon proved along with a bronze bust of the late John Lennon..while a statuette of the Beatles fetched 2,268 dollars. At the height of their career in the mid 1960s. Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked who thought of the name, Beatles. Ringo blamed John, John said it was a name just like 'shoe' and Paul quipped that the group could well have been called 'The Shoes'. Their success was world-wide, and after an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Television Show in New York they soon hit the number-one spot on the United States record charts. The major Beatles-buyer at Sothebys was a Japanese businessman who spent 81,000 dollars on their memorabilia to decorate a new Tokyo store for its official opening. This included 21,000 dollars for the golden disc awarded for the album 'Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
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