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Beatles albums signed by John, Paul, George and Ringo are among the most valuable and desirable Rock ’n’ Roll collectibles. Only about 125 are known; most being their first album, “Please Please Me.” But how many signed Beatles albums really exist?

Autograph Magazine wants to find out.

Announcing Autograph Magazine’s Signed Beatles Album Census. Our goal is to locate and track every Beatles album signed by the Fab Four, in order to preserve our musical heritage and help protect collectors against forgeries. If you have an album signed by the Beatles, I encourage you to have yours counted. It's free.

And if you have a Beatles album signed by all four band members, you’ve got something quite valuable. Albums in good condition typically range from about $15,000 for the most common one, “Please Please Me,” to well over $100,000 for some of the rarest albums, especially U.S. releases. Most are so rare they're worth in the mid-5 figures or more.

Even albums signed by just three are very rare and can be worth tens of thousands of dollars.There will be a section of the census for these.

And while extremely rare, albums signed by both John Lennon and George Harrison and missing Paul McCartney and/or Ringo Starr have a chance of being completed—so we've decided to have a section of the census for those, too.

Most Beatles Albums Are Extremely Rare or Unknown Signed

You wouldn't know it by the hundreds of albums offered online and in some memorabilia galleries, but band-signed Beatles albums are very hard to come by. Many are currently unknown, or there are only one or two examples. Some are "secretarials," where some or all of the autographs were signed in the Beatles' names by their management, staff...and occasionally one of the Beatles signing for others. But most are outright forgeries offered by sellers that prey on the unwary. They often come with certificates of authenticity from dubious authenticators and forensic document examiners.

Rule of Thumb: Only "Please Please Me" commonly sells for under $30,000 signed, and the occasional "With The Beatles." Any other undamaged band-signed Beatles album priced in that range should be looked at with extreme caution.

How rare are genuine signed Beatles albums? These are Autograph’s estimates of the counts of signed Beatles albums that are accepted as genuine by the legitimate autograph community:

US Release Band-Signed Beatles Albums
7-8 “Meet the Beatles” [As of February 17, 2012]
2 “Help”
1 “Beatles 65”
1 “Beatles VI”
0 “Rubber Soul”

2 “Revolver”
0 “Magical Mystery Tour”
0 “Abbey Road”
0 “Yellow Submarine”
1 “White Album”
1 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
Let it Be
15-16 Known [Editor's Note: 2 since May 2011 not added.]

[Editor's Note: 3 Meet the Beatles since May 2011 added to list.]

UK Release Band-Signed Beatles Albums
Roughly 75 “Please Please Me” (Their first album, signed in three 1963 UK promotional tours)
16-21 “With the Beatles” (The tail end of their easier accessibility) [Editor's Note: 1 since April 2011  added.]
8-10 “Hard Day’s Night”
3 “Beatles for Sale”
2 “Help”
1 “Rubber Soul”
1 “Revolver”
5 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
0 “Magical Mystery Tour” (All reissues from the 1980s and up.)
0 “White Album”
0 “Yellow Submarine”
2 “Abbey Road”
0 “Let it Be”
Roughly 113-120 Known (38-45 plus roughly 75 “Please Please Me” albums)

How to Participate in the Census

  1. Email large images of your album showing the autographs clearly to, along with your name, state or province, and country. Put “Beatles Census” and the title of the album in the subject line, along with how many signatures are on it: 2, 3 or 4.
    Example: "Beatles Census Revolver 4"
    for a Revolver signed by all four Beatles
    Please only send two signature albums if they're signed by John and George.
  2. Send each album in a separate email.
  3.  Owners of albums will not be disclosed without their permission.
  4. You may request that your album(s) not be publicly displayed without your permission. 
  5.  When possible, we want to inspect your album without knowing where you got it or who authenticated it, so please don't include receipts or authentication papers at this time.  If there is an authentication sticker on an unsigned side of your album, please don’t send an image of that side at this time. We may request an image later.
  6. Images of albums submitted to the census will be available for viewing on Autograph Magazine Live! unless you request we keep yours private. We will not list your name. You’re welcome to participate in any and all discussions

Two Levels of Signed Beatles Album Census Registrations:

  1. Confirmed: For albums inspected in person by at least one of our accepted experts. This is in addition to online authentication by several of our experts.
  2. Online: For albums authenticated and approved online only by our experts.


Submit your images to Autograph Magazine's Signed Beatles Album Census today!

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Comment by mark peterson on February 17, 2012 at 8:59am

How much  is it going for?

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on February 17, 2012 at 1:11pm sent the pics and it's very cool! Only Beatles signed album with Epstein we're aware of...right? That's three Meet the Beatles in the last year...bringing the count to 16 US release Beatles signed albums.

Comment by roger epperson on February 17, 2012 at 1:48pm


$65K if you're interested

Comment by Patrick Batson on February 21, 2012 at 7:47am

Where pics posted of the Eppy-signed MTB?  I don't see them.

Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on February 21, 2012 at 7:50am

Hopefully Roger will post pics. He sold it already.

Comment by Patrick Batson on February 21, 2012 at 8:43am

Wow.  I got to get a new job.  Thanks Steve.

Comment by Jason Cornthwaite on July 6, 2012 at 12:30am

Comment by Jason Cornthwaite on July 6, 2012 at 12:30am

A few new albums

Comment by Peter L. on February 19, 2013 at 12:58pm

Good job all time , everytime ...

Comment by IGroup Collection on July 22, 2013 at 8:10pm
Hi Steve,

Does a signed Beatles album census exist which tracks exclusively albums authenticated by Frank Caiazzo? I ask because he is generally considered the gold standard by all in the collectors community, from the biggest auction house to the smallest boutique.


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