Wake up to a Yellow Submarine alarm clock and more Beatles memorabilia20 October 2020 A rare fretless electric guitar owned by George Harrison sold for a hefty premium-inclusive £237,562 at Bonhams just recently, but fear not if your budget is somewhat smaller.
Plenty of Fab Four memorabilia will come together at Merseyside firm Omega Auctions on October 28.
While Beatles items are consistently in hot demand, this market has the advantage of a wide range of items being regularly available at various estimate levels.
Here are five suggestions from the Omega sale.
Date with the prince
Pictured top is an original handbill advertising listings at London's Prince of Wales theatre, in May and June 1964 with a performance by The Beatles on May 31. Measuring 14 x 21.5cm, this example was possibly a test print and does not include a booking form to verso, though is stamped 1964. It was consigned by a collector who has consigned other handbills from the period.
To view this original handbill advertising listings at London's Prince of Wales theatre, estimate £600-1000, try thesaleroom.com.
Enter the Cavern
This rare original Cavern Club membership card, ending December 31, 1961, is described as being in good condition and measures 6 x 10cm. It is offered with a whimsical promotional advert from Merseybeat, 1964, and estimated at £500-600 together.
Check thesaleroom.com to see the Cavern Club membership card.
On the rise
Wake up to this 1968 Yellow Submarine alarm clock, described as being in full working order, made by the Sheffield company of West Germany. Face diameter 6.5cm. Estimate: £400-450.
You can bid for the Yellow Submarine alarm clock on thesaleroom.com.
A matchbox from the Kaiserkeller, Hamburg, dating to when The Beatles played there during their 1960 residency along with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes (with Ringo on drums), is estimated at £100-150.
See thesaleroom.com to bid for the matchbox from the Kaiserkeller, Hamburg.
Fixing a Holly
Quirky rarities are always sought after by collectors and are rare by their very nature. There are rumoured to only be 10 copies in existence of a mispressing of Sgt Pepper's bizarrely showing Buddy Holly instead. The record, pressed at the EMI studios in Hayes from c.1978 (matrix YEX 637-5 & 638-3, HTM etched both sides), is estimated at £400-600.
This mispressing of Sgt Pepper's can be viewed via thesaleroom.com.