THE large sums of money rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia collectors are prepared to part with for a complete set of Beatles autographs inevitably means the market is peppered with fakes. The watertight provenance of an early Beatles extended play record, Twist and Shout, Parlophone, 1963, signed to the sleeve by the Fab Four, was key to its success at Biddle & Webb’s (15% buyer’s premium) 511-lot sale of toys and juvenilia in Birmingham on May 21.
The record, shown right, had belonged to the vendor's aunt who
stayed at the same Jersey hotel as the Beatles on their 1963 tour
to the island.
Interestingly, the two songs written by the Beatles on the
four-song disc are credited to McCartney-Lennon rather than the
other way round, a matter of precedence which has much exercised
Paul's mind more recently.
Estimated to fetch £1000-1200 after being brought into a valuation
day, the record was contested by collectors before going at £4000
to a specialist dealer.
Another area in which collectors will part with good money, and
which has also attracted the fakers, is railwayana. Biddle &
Webb specialist Adrian Mackwell pointed out that even in the '60s
and '70s copies were being made of cast metal plaques from steam
engines. However, collectors who viewed plaque No.6319, with brass
numbers on a black background and marked engine class 2.6.0, were
confident of its originality.
Consigned from the estate of a railwayana enthusiast who had paid
around £800-1000 for it in the last decade, its cautious £200-300
estimate tempted several collectors who bid on the telephone and
left bids on the book. It sold to one of them at £1400.
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