A Beatles-signed, uninscribed promotional photo with Pete Best is being auctioned this week at Iconic. Described as taken at the Cavern Club in 1962, it was reportedly signed in mid-1962, shortly before Best was replaced by Ringo.
It comes with a Frank Caiazzo LOA from 2003 and a letter of provenance from the seller back then. Caiazzo's LOA says this about the rarity:
All four members have signed in full above their respective image in black fountain pen. This photo was signed in mid-1962. Photos of The Beatles with Pete Best signed on the front are extremely rare. Sets in any form with Pete Best, which are not inscribed to anyone, are extremely rare.
Iconic's listing says:
After extensive research, we have been unable to find any image signed on the front by the original four, let alone a set that wasn't personalized featuring Best.
The 2003 letter of provenance from the seller in Canada says the photo was given to a friend of his by a relative who got it signed at the Cavern Club in 1962. The friend gave it to him in 1981.
The photo is 8.5 x 6.5. There's a crease, but otherwise looks to be in nice shape.
I think it's a very cool, very rare piece. I've never seen anything like it...have you?
Sold for $19,232.50 with buyer's fee.
Wow,big price.It could probably use some restoration work as well.
Well here's one that's somewhat close.