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Never Before Seen Photos Of The Beatles

They are the photos that capture the Fab Four at the dawn of Beatlemania.
This collection of 46 never-before-seen photos from the Beatles' first concert in the U.S. went for more than $361,938 at auction in New York last night.
Taken by a rookie 18-year-old photographer, the iconic images show the band at the start of their 1964 American invasion.

Under the hammer: This a backlit shot of the band sold on Wednesday for $68,500. Its pre-sale estimate was $2,000 to $3,000:
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The images, plus photos from another Beatles concert, had been estimated to fetch a total of $100,000.
The Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum on February 11 1964, two days after their debut on 'The Ed Sullivan Show'.

It was the very start of Beatlemania. Ten days earlier the band had gone to number one for the first time stateside with 'I want to hold your hand' – the first of 59 weeks they would spend at the top over the next six and a half years.
Mike Mitchell was there, shooting photos from just feet away and even jumping onto the stage for the group's pre-concert press call.

Rookie: Mike Mitchell was 18 when he took the photos of the Fab Four at their first concert in the U.S:
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The start of something: Ringo Starr sings and plays the drums at the concert, which came ten days after the band's first number one hit in the U.S:
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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.
An image of an animated Ringo Starr on the drums sold for $8,125. It was estimated to bring $3,000 to $5,000.
Auction house Christie's said the shot depicts a rare moment where Starr was both drummer and lead singer on a song written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, but made famous by The Rolling Stones, 'I Wanna Be Your Man'.
Cathy Elkies, Christie's director of iconic collections, said she expected the bids to exceed the pre-sale estimates.

U.S. invasion: The photos capture the Fab Four at the start of Beatlemania:
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Auctioned: The photos fetched $361,938, significantly higher than expected:
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'Beatles fans are fierce. To uncover this trove of images that's never been published will really excite people,' she said.
Also included in the sale were photos of the band's September 13 1964, performance at the Baltimore Civic Center.
Mr Mitchell said he was given unrestricted access to the band's concert in Washington DC.
'It was a long time ago. Things weren't that way then,' said the 65-year-old, who now works as an art photographer in Washington.
'It was as low-tech as the concert itself. The concert was in a sports venue and the sound system was the sound system of a sports venue.'

On stage: The images show the band's first gig in the U.S. from 1964:
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Number one: The photos were taken as the Beatles topped the charts in the U.S. for the first time:
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Equally astonishing is how few other photographs from that first concert exist.
Simeon Lipman, Christie's pop culture consultant, said it's not clear why there weren't many other photos of the concert.
He said Mr Mitchell's black and white photographs were remarkable for their 'animated" and 'intimate' depiction of the Fab Four.
Mr Mitchell stored the negatives for years in a box in his basement and used digital technology to scan and restore the prints for the auction.
'They benefit from a historical perspective,' he said.

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I think I have heard of these guys before????

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Never been a fan of the Beatles. When I went to New York with my friend she dragged me over to where he was shot and what not. They're kind of bad juju for me. I've been in 3 major car accidents and the Beatles were on the radio during each crash. If I even think I'm hearing one of their songs I shut the radio off and go to my happy place.

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arn't those the guys that had the one hit back in the 70's? 'pleasant valley sunday'.. or something?

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Re: Never Before Seen Photos Of The Beatles

A great post and some great pics. I love The Beatles.

Paul and John make such dramatic pics when side by side, one with a left handed base, the other with a right handed guitar.
George is really enjoying himself.

The backlit pic would make an awesome impression on a black
t-shirt, no?

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47 years ago.Get over it.The intresting one died and were left with the vegtable stump fucker and thomas the tank engine.And i have just seen that image the person spent lot of money on.

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Cool pictures of a great band.

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arn't those the guys that had the one hit back in the 70's? 'pleasant valley sunday'.. or something?
They had more than just the one hit
Pleasant valley sunday was by The Monkees

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Re: Never Before Seen Photos Of The Beatles

These are great pics. Makes me wanna thumb thru my old box of lp's.

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