One of the most interesting Beatles pieces I've seen in a long time is up for auction this weekend. It's an 8.5x6.5-inch Beatles photo signed by the band to Mickey Jones, drummer on Bob Dylan's legendary World Tour 1966.
There's a lot to like about this photo; the Dylan connection, the playful poses of The Boys and the bold signatures. But what I love the most are the inscriptions, especially Paul's:
"To Mickey, definitely the worst drummer in the U.S.A!
(I'm only joking!)"
Most musician autographs are written for fans, of course, so it's unusual to find ones with inscriptions that show the artist's sense of humor or personal connection to the recipient. It seems clear that Paul and Jones were friends, as probably John was, with his: "To Mickey the Cockney, good luck lad from John Lennon." George's and Ringo's are fairly generic.
There have been a few really great signed Beatles photos up for auction recently, including one closing today at RRAuction, and another at Iconic Memorabilia that just sold for $25,000. Those photos are absolutely beautiful 8x10s...quintessential signed Beatles photos. But the rare personality and history captured in this signed photo make it my personal favorite.
A little background on this photo:
Rock specialist Roger Epperson recalls buying it on eBay in the late '90s. He held it for a year or so and sold it to a collector, also named Mickey, at a price in the range of what nice band-signed Beatles 8x10s go for today. That would have been a strong premium back then, so it will be interesting to see what it hammers for on Sunday.
The piece is up for auction this Saturday, July 16, during International Autograph Auctions' Saturday and Sunday Auction at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, in the UK.
Fantastic item just sold for 14.000 Pounds a few hours ago at IAA Auctions
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