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On February 11, 1964 just two days after the Beatles historic first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show in New York, the band boarded a train en route to Washington D.C., where they played their first U.S. concert before a paying audience at the Washington Coliseum. On the train with the Beatles were reporters, as well as members of the Beatles entourage including Louise Harrison, George’s sister. Midway through the trip, Beatle road manager Neil Aspinall presented Louise with a promotionally stamped copy of the groups’ first US release on Capitol records, “Meet The Beatles”.
A short while later, right there on the spot, all four band members signed the reverse of the LP cover in black ballpoint pen as follows; John wrote “To Lou many love from John Lennon X”, Paul wrote “To Louise with love from your older brother !! Paul McCartney XXX.”, George wrote “To Lou with Love from “Brother” !! George Harrison”, Ringo wrote “To Lou Lots of Love Ringo Starr XXX”. All four signatures are excellent and complete examples from this historic time period. This cover has been personally consigned by Louise herself, who has treasured this keepsake from the day it was signed.
The cover was recently on display at the Clinton Museum. Louise was interviewed with the album on the Larry King show and a clip is included with this lot. This first issue cover comes with the original accompanying vinyl in VG+ condition. The LP cover itself has some seam splitting and has small front tear at the letter E. On John’s signature, the pen has skipped slightly on the letter “h” and also on the first letter “n” in his last name, however the entire signature can be seen. On the tail end of the signature John took the time to go over the final letters and redo the “X”.
Such a well documented and personally connected set of Beatles autographs has rarely been offered for sale. The fact that it is on one of the most desirable record jackets to have signed by the band makes this perhaps the ultimate signed Beatles LP. In the history of the hobby, this is only the 9th authentic signed American LP cover to surface according to all the experts and historians, based on documented history of past auctions worldwide and all known private sales. With such impeccable provenance this very well could be the ‘Holy Grail’ of signed Beatles LP covers. Comes with LOA from Frank Caiazzo.
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