It's been 5 years since we published our first Band-Signed Beatles Album Census.

It's time to update it!

A history of full-band-signed Beatles album prices would be hugely helpful to the marketplace as well, going back as far as we can, so let's build that, too. Not just from auctions, but reports from collectors and dealers who have sold them.

For starters, please read the 2011 Census, which had a few years of updating and other input added by collectors and dealers.

Add your research and commentary to this discussion for now, and as we get more data, we'll post two separate discussions to fine tune it. Once we feel comfortable with the information we have and what we have determined, we'll publish reports that will help collectors and dealers worldwide make better educated decisions on Beatles album sales and purchases.

These are the results of the 2011 census:

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 sold by Tracks in Nov/Dec 2013 for $186,000.
1 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
0 “Let it Be”

15-16 US Albums Known [Editor's Note: 2 since May 2011 not added, but 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
1 “Revolver”
5 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” +1 sold by Bonhams on June 30, 2016
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 UK Albums Known (38-45 plus roughly 75 “Please Please Me” albums)

Let's do it!

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I did just buy the Meet the Beatles signed the day of the first Ed Sullivan. I also bought a few years ago from Fab 4 Collectables the Rubber Soul.

There is an Abbey Road lp signed by all pictured in one of Mark Lewisohns books,the pic is very small but looks good as gold.Ill try to send the pic once I get the camera up and going.

That would be great! Thanks

In one of his books, I think it was Beatles Chronicles there were pictures of a 'signed' Abbey Road and 'Butcher Cover'.....they were both Joe Long forgeries.


I like this discussion. Did Paul or Ringo (or John and George) ever give some hints, informations or something else about signed Beatles albums? Such statements can surely help to authenticate and find them?!

I personally don’t know of any comments about the authenticity of specific  autographs or sets.

Don’t get me wrong but I wouldn’t even be sure that they’d be my authenticators of choice, not when it comes to ‘decent’ forgeries, if you get my drift?

In much the same way I wouldn’t trust them with specific dates in Beatles history. There are people who pay far more attention to these things than The remaining Beatles themselves.

Wouldn’t it be cool to have an authentic Beatles signed COA on a forged item?



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