A copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, signed by all the Beatles, sold on line for $175,698 (includes buyer’s premium) on January 15 at RR Auction, based in Amherst, New Hampshire.
The first issue mono pressing of the album by U.K. Parlophone Records was signed on the full-color gatefold in dark ballpoint by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, and in black felt tip by George Harrison.
A young porter, an employee at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, England, where the band stayed from September 12 to 15, 1967, obtained the signatures. A letter documenting the story reads: “I got the LP signed when I met them in my home town nearly 20 years ago. I’d just left school and my friend’s mum got me a steady summer job as a porter at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay. To my and everybody’s amazement, the Beatles stayed at the Atlantic for a few days while they were filming.
“The Sgt. Pepper’s L.P. had only just been released a few months prior. The manager told all the staff who worked at the hotel not to bother or ask them for their autographs. I thought it was a good idea to take something back and have it signed.
“I sneaked the album back into work up my top as I didn’t want the manager to see. The Beatles didn’t seem to mind anyway, as they signed a few items for staff and guests. I remember having to get George’s at a later day, as he wasn’t present when Paul, Ringo, and John signed.”
Bobby Livingston, vice president at RR Auction, said, “Only a handful of authentic complete band-signed Sgt. Pepper’s albums are known to exist and are very seldom offered for sale at public auction. This album is arguably one of the most desirable pieces in the world of rock ’n’ roll collecting.”
For more information, contact RR Auction at (800) 937-3880 or via the Web site (www.rrauction.com).
This album sold for $175,698. RR Auction photo.
Originally published in the March 2014 issue of Maine Antique Digest. © 2014 Maine Antique Digest