Monday, 25 July 2011

Beatles' 1st US concert photos fetch $360,000

The Beatles perform on stage during their first tour of the US in these photographs taken by Mike Mitchell and auctioned by Christie's in New York on Wednesday. Mike Mitchell / Christie's Handout via Reuters

In 1964, an enterprising 18-year-old snapped pictures of the Beatles' momentous first US concert in Washington.
On Wednesday, Christie's auction house said it sold 50 silver gelatin prints that the photographer, Mike Mitchell, made from the negatives for $361,938. The images, plus photos from another Beatles concert, had been estimated to fetch a total of $100,000.
The Beatles played their first US concert at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Mike Mitchell was there, shooting photos from just a meter away and even jumping onto the stage for the group's pre-concert press call.
Among the highlights is a backlit shot of the band that he took while standing directly behind them. It sold on Wednesday for $68,500 - its pre-sale estimate was $2,000 to $3,000.



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