Post by yerblues1968 on Sept 4, 2008 22:10:45 GMT -5
BRIAN EPSTEIN CONTRACT WITH BEATLES SOLD FOR $426,478.
HENDRIX, BEATLES, ELVIS MEMORABILIA SOLD
JILL LAWLESS The Associated Press
Posted on Thu, Sep. 4, 2008
LONDON - A guitar set alight onstage by Jimi Hendrix during a concert in London was sold at auction on Thursday for $497,557 to a collector from the United States.
The scorched Fender Stratocaster was the star lot at an auction of music memorabilia that also included The Beatles' first contract and a gun permit application made out by Elvis Presley.
Specialist auction house The Fame Bureau said Hendrix's guitar, which he set alight during a concert at London's Astoria in March 1967, was purchased by enthusiast Daniel Boucher, from Boylston, Mass.
Boucher traveled to Britain especially for the sale, which saw around 250 lots put up for auction , suggesting the market in rock 'n' roll memorabilia is still booming despite economic gloom.
"I thought I'd have to pay a little bit more for it, actually. I am going to play it, I hope some of it rubs off on me," Boucher said, after successfully bidding for Hendrix's guitar.
Hendrix famously burned another guitar at the Monterey Pop festival in 1967, where the stunt was caught on film.
The Fame Bureau said the scorched guitar on sale Thursday was found last year at the home of a relative of Tony Garland, Hendrix's former press officer. It had been predicted to sell for up to $900,000.
A copy of The Beatles' first contract with manager Brian Epstein sold for $426,478, the auctioneers said.
The four-page document was signed on Jan. 24, 1962, by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey , Ringo Starr's real name. It is also signed by Harold Hargreaves Harrison and James McCartney on behalf of their underage sons, and marked the moment when all the pieces were in place for a global outbreak of Beatlemania.
The contract entitled Epstein to 25 percent of the group's earnings once each band member was making more than 200 British pounds a week. Epstein did not sign it until Oct, 1, 1962 , after he had fulfilled a promise to get the band a deal with a record label. The Beatles signed to EMI, and their first single, Love Me Do, was released Oct. 5.
An application to the State of California for a concealed-gun permit by Elvis Presley, and a set of his fingerprints, fetched $81,740.
The contract that took the Beatles from the little league to the big time is to be auctioned in London, and it's expected to fetch up to Â£500,000. (2:04 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lj6RBAJMwSI
The Beatles 1962 contract with their manager Brian Epstein is up for sale in September 4, 2008 and is expected to nab 250,000 UK pounds. (1:12 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4Jg8L8t4Bc
Post by yerblues1968 on Jun 19, 2009 3:36:22 GMT -5
The Beatles with Manager, Brian Epstein
THE BEATLES ORIGINAL BRIAN EPSTEIN CONTRACT TO BE GIVEN AWAY!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Beatles original contract with manager Brian Epstein is to be given away as a prize in a music competition being run by The Imagine Corporation, a new website which deals in obtaining unique memorabilia.
The contract, signed by John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr is currently under insurance for £500, 000, but to enter the competition, fans are asked to guess how much Christie's auction house estimate that it would have been sold for, if put up for sale in London in April 2008.
The competition run by Imagine Corporation is www.imagine.uk.com/. There is a fee of £10 to sign up and enter.
A mystery celebrity (and massive Beatles fan!) has attempted to purchase Brian Epstein’s original Beatles contract from The Imagine Corporation, who are currently offering one lucky music fan the once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of unmatchable musical memorabilia.
As the closing date for this amazing competition approaches, the well-known A-lister and showbiz column favourite has been in secret talks with competition organisers, offering well over-the-odds in a bid to bagsy the prize for themselves.
The Imagine Corporation however have rejected the handsome sum with Managing Director Neil Marshall saying “We started this competition so that a geniune music fan can get their hands on Brian Epstein’s original Beatles contract. The Imagine Corporation have the chance to truly change somebody’s life, and will not be compromised by any other offer”.
They are not the only ones who have put in an offer, as private collectors in Japan, Australia, Germany and the USA have asked the organisers to “name their price”. The mystery celeb has not been put off by this minor setback and has expressed a further interest in buying the contract from the eventual competition winner instead! Now that collectors and celebrities are aware that offers are being put on the table, the lucky competition winner may well end up hosting a bidding war of their own…
The global interest for the contract that preceeded hits such as Love Me Do, She Love’s You and I Want To Hold Your Hand is growing by the day, with thousands registering every week at www.imagine.uk.com/ in order to win this irreplaceable piece of music history!
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 14, 2009 23:10:31 GMT -5
Manager Brian Epstein relaxing with his boys.
BEATLES FANS TO SIGN GIANT REPLICA OF FIRST CONTRACT
guardian.co.uk Sean Michaels
Tuesday 14 July 2009 11.08 BST
Fans of the Fab Four are expected to descend on London's Carnaby Street to sign a supersized copy of the band's first contract with Brian Epstein
If one memorabilia company has its way, hundreds of Beatles fans will sign the mop-tops' first contract later today (Tuesday 14 June). An 11ft replica of John, Paul, George and Ringo's contract with Brian Epstein will be erected on Carnaby Street, giving fans the chance to pretend they too were part of the deal – leading to fame, fortune and a Sgt Pepper uniform.
The giant contract is the work of the Imagine Corporation, which that claims to have launched "the most exciting, innovative, transparent, skill-based website on the internet". Or perhaps just a fancy British Invasion-themed carnival game.
Imagine's first major project is a competition to win the original copy of the Epstein contract, insured for £500,000. Fans can log into the site, pay a £10 fee, guess the "value" of the contract – and if their estimate matches the one the company's panel agrees on, they win. But if their guess is wrong, they still lose that tenner.
Contrary to appearances – a website decked out in pretty blue skies and named after John Lennon's most idealistic song – Imagine's creators are not philanthropists. The competition is for profit, and every entry costs money. Only an undisclosed portion of the proceeds will go to the designated charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Still, the real Beatles contract could be yours for just £10! Or ... it could not be. Most likely not, in fact.
Imagine's giant contract signing will take place at the top of Carnaby Street, next to Liberty and Mcasso Music, at 6pm Tuesday 14 July.
Post by yerblues1968 on Jul 28, 2009 0:32:41 GMT -5
Brian Epstein with The Beatles
BEATLES FLASHMOB AT CARNABY STREET
When: 14 July 2009 18:00
Where: Carnaby Street
Age Restrictions: N/A
Hundreds of Beatles fans will sing along to John Lennon's iconic song Imagine, and sign a giant replica of the Fab Four's original contract as part of a Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street. The stunt is part of a competition which will see one very lucky fan win the Beatles' original music contract with Brian Epstein.
If you've ever dreamed of signing the Beatles, now's your chance. As part of the Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street, fans are invited to sign an 11ft by 8ft replica copy of the original Beatles contract signed by John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian Epstein back in 1962. You can also join in for a good old sing song in what is considered the heart of the UK music scene during the 60s and 70s.
CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
Beatlemania is expected to sweep through London once more because news of the Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street is being sent via Bluetooth to shoppers and tourists throughout the day. And news is already spreading like wildfire through Facebook. But, with the chance to win what is regarded as an irreplacable piece of musical heritage, news of the competition is expected to spread throughout the world.
The Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street is organised in association with the Imagine Corporation. The company is running a worldwide competition which gives the winner the chance to own the Beatles' original contract. This historic piece of paper is currently insured for a staggering £500,000. To win, you have to register for the competition, which costs £10. You then have to guess the exact amount the contract would sell for at auction.
A panel of experts has come up with a figure, which they believe the contract would have sold for. All you have to do is match their estimate. Their estimate has been based on the contract selling at auction in April 2008 at any London auction house. The panel members include a leading expert in music memorabilia, Ted Owen, the chairman of the Britain's Beatles fan club, Pete Nash, a collector of rock and roll memorabilia Tom Fontaine and autograph dealer Mark Riddle.
The Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street is expected to take place at 6pm, 14th July 2009. To register for a chance to win the original contract click on the link below. www.imagine.uk.com/index.php
The Beatles flashmob at Carnaby Street July 14, 2009. Hundreds sign replica of The Beatles / Brian Epstein contract at Canaby Street. (2:23 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-kXssqy1Ws
A flash mob descend on Carnaby Street, London to sign a 11 foot x 8 foot copy of the Beatles / Brian Epstein original contract. (2.31 minutes) www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdZucv6tBpg
The 1962 document established the most famous manager-group partnership in music history.
It famously gave the manager a 25% cut of the group's earnings, and bears the signatures of all four Beatles and that of Harold Harrison and James McCartney on behalf of their underage sons, along with Epstein.
The legendary document also contains two signatures by John Lennon, who inadvertently signed in the wrong place before realizing his mistake.
This is the second of two contracts which Epstein gave the band to sign – the first which omits his name, was given to the band on 24 January 1962. It also included the signature of drummer Pete Best, who was released from the band just six weeks before this definitive contract was signed by his replacement Richard Starkey, AKA Ringo Starr.
The contract goes on display at the Beatles Story at the Albert Dock from today until October 9.
Currently owned by Imagine Corporation, it goes to auction when the exhibition finishes and could be lost to the public forever.
Jerry Goldman, managing director of Beatles Story, said: "The contract's exhibit corresponds with a number of important Beatles dates – October 1 marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of this momentous document, and October 9 coincides with John Lennon's 69th birthday.
"It is appropriate that we have such an important piece of The Beatles memorabilia here that everyone will be able to enjoy."
Lawyer David Harris, who drew up the contract, said: "The Liverpool music scene exploded with the arrival of the Beatles, but when Brian Epstein asked me to draw up a contract for his management of them in December 1961, no one, I think, not even he, thought they would take off quite as they did."