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]
1 “Beatles 65”
1 “Beatles VI”
0 “Rubber Soul”
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”
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?
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?
The buyer of the band-signed "Meet the Beatles" album Dr. Gordon got signed before the Ed Sullivan show and gave to his son contacted me to include it in the survey. He bought it at RR Auction in March 2014 for $120,693.
There's Dr. Gordon's personal copy as well, the one that George inscribed "To Doc Gordon from George Harrison, Thanks for the jabs."
Here's my Beatles For Sale. I've heard that there are 3 of these in existence.
Thanks, Kevin. Very nice! You're right, 3 Beatles for Sale are all we had on the 2011 census. RARE album!
What's the story? How long ago did you buy it, where, how much? As much info as you care to give us would be great. I rotated it and made it a little more compact below.
I purchased the album from RR Auction in 2013 for a little over $25,000. It's more than I wanted to pay but I'm delighted because of the scarcity of this signed UK album. I intend to keep this in the family and have willed it to my great nephews and nieces in the hope that when they are ready, it can help pay for college expenses in about 15 years. I also have the original album in it's EMI sleeve and the record's in mint condition.
Does anyone have an opinion about the FMV of this album currently?
All the best,