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
0 “Introducing the Beatles” [Added to list on Sept. 16, 2019]
6-7 “Meet the Beatles”
1 “Beatles 65”
1 “Beatles VI”
0 “Rubber Soul”
0 “Magical Mystery Tour”
0 “Abbey Road” +1 offered by Autographs for Sale on eBay starting Mar. 16, 2019
0 “Yellow Submarine”
1 “White Album” +1 sold by Tracks in Nov/Dec 2013 for $186,000; +1 more signed for the same person who got the other 2 signed (added 3/13/19)
1 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”
0 “Let it Be”
17 US Albums Known
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”
1 “Rubber Soul” +1
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!
More stuff will appear on the market. 2 White albums and a Rubber Soul have shown up in the last few years. But it is not gonna be a lot. In terms of albums from 1965 and on. A Let it Be signed by all 4 on their front cover picture pieced together after the breakup would be the Holy Grail. One can only hope...
I think the same is true for authentic beatles signed guitars. There has got to be more than 2
Does anyone have pictures of the Rubber Soul signed on the Mad Day Out, or know when it sold and for how much?
We’re the owners of the “Mad Day Out” Rubber Soul LP signed by all four in August ‘68 (during a break in the White Album recording sessions). As with our entire Beatles collection, it was purchased directly from Mr. Caiazzo (in 2013) Here's a link to some pictures, posted on our Facebook page:
Great one - nicely cleaned.
Thank you, Beatlemaniacal! Impressive.
I am the proud owner of the original artwork for Rubber Soul!! Got it at auction in England -was sold by the artist- I will dig up details and photos eventually and post them -came with an album too but i don't know of its rarity.
That's what you get when you can't afford a signed Rubber Soul album!
I've added the 2011 census to the original post,
RevolveR, which/when were the Heritage Auctions that sold the fake albums and how we’re they determined to be fake?