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Beatles’ Photos & Auction

May 21, 2011 by staff 

Beatles' Photos & AuctionBeatles’ Photos & Auction, Fifty-one lots of previously unpublished photographs of the Beatles first U.S. concert taken by a teenager in 1964 is expected to reach about 100 000 and when sold at auction, Christie’s said Friday. Pristine photographs, black and white, which had been stored in a box for 45 years, chronicling the Beatles’ appearances in Washington, DC and Baltimore. They will be sold in individual lots when they go under the hammer on July 20 in New York.

“The intimacy and the quality of this collection is distinguished by those that have followed,” said Cathy Elkies, Christie’s director of collections of icons.

The Liverpool quartet performed its first concert in the Coliseum U.S. in Washington on February 11, 1964, two days after its debut at the legendary The Ed Sullivan Show.

Washington teenager Mike Mitchell, then 18, was present at the Union Station, when the Beatles arrived and documented the hysterical screams of their fans.

Mitchell, who still works as a photographer, also shot a press conference before the concert and was placed on stage to show all the Coliseum. Months later, documented the Beatles concert at the Baltimore Civic Center.

Friends encouraged him to put your photos some views, for sale.

“The Mike access to the band was extraordinary and his ability to capture an emotion, thought or reaction really excellent,” Elkies said.

In a stunning shot offered the group members are photographed at a press conference from behind. Each of their heads is surrounded by a thin halo of light.

Christie’s said the photos are expected to have a great appeal to fans of the Beatles and rock history, but they had a conservative price, because Mitchell is a photographer known.

The photos will go on public exhibition in June at Christie’s and the Grosvenor House hotel in London, followed by New York exhibition and sale in July.

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