Autograph Magazine Launches Signed Beatles Album Census

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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 [email protected], 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!

 [email protected]

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Comment by stu deitcher on February 11, 2011 at 5:03pm
I wonder what the value of the last Beatles' album to be signed would be...The Abbey Road. This  Album signed by all four should be worth at least as much as the White Album.  Opinions?
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 12, 2011 at 1:24pm

Love that! Where did you find the photo, Greg?


Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 12, 2011 at 1:30pm


There are two UK Abbey Roads known and one White Album, so all things being the same condition-wise, I think the White Album would bring more. Both Abbey Roads known have things that detract from their value, and for that alone they should be worth more than the known White Album.

It's going to be fun to find out what's out there.


Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 12, 2011 at 2:12pm
Greg...thanks! Nice site, very nice.
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 14, 2011 at 7:57am
We hope to find some albums with that situation.
Comment by Steve Cyrkin, Admin on February 14, 2011 at 11:40am

Mike, your White Album needs to be counted! Please send images per instructions above.



Comment by Neal on February 15, 2011 at 6:10am
i think this a awesome idea!!!!,the next band that should be cataloged for authenic full band autographs is LED ZEPPELIN,in my opinion they are probably just as rare as the BEATLES,being that they never did no meet and greets,any ZEP fan knows how tight their security was,and there was ZERO access to them especially from the 1973 tour on.thats not to say they never signed autographs,but to think someone could get close to JIMMY PAGE unless you were a "party supplier"or a hot chick wasn't happening while LED ZEPPELIN was still  a band was very very rare.also i think that LYNYRD SKYNYRDS STREET SURVIVORS should be cataloged also,i've talked to a couple of people that were actually there at the meet and greet at altamonte springs fl.on oct 17th 1977,and by their recollections there were around 300 people there but not everybody bought a album or 8track,i have a autographed 8track from there,but according to places like forever legends there are endless signed LED ZEP albums and every few months a signed STREET SURVIVORS will show up and people will be screwed out of several hundred bucks and will be laughing at the bank
Comment by stu deitcher on February 21, 2011 at 7:21pm
Just a comment about the Abbey Road albums and their value, say, versus the White Album.  Sadly, with only 2 albums signed we can't really choose the absolute condition of the albums.  As I told someone else, that I thought the Mona Lisa was too dark, but it is what it is and it certainly should not detract from the value of that piece---it's all that exists and it has to be accepted as such; unless you go to those "miracle" dealers who will get your favorite album signed just how you like it the most.
Comment by DB on April 16, 2011 at 11:01pm

while not quite an album this item did however produce a popular beatle song and sold "yesterday" at auction;


The piano Paul McCartney used to write The Beatles' classic "Yesterday" has sold for $240,000.

 The singer sat at the 1926 Art Deco green miniature piano to compose the melody to "Yesterday" at singer Alma Cogan's house in 1964. McCartney has famously told how he heard the tune in a dream and hurried to the piano when he awoke so as not to forget it.

A number of stars, including Sammy Davis, Jr., Michael Caine, Mick Jagger and John Lennon, also played the instrument while at Cogan's London home.

The Eavestaff piano was sold by Cogan's sister at an auction in London Friday. It is believed the anonymous winning bidder is an overseas private collector.

Comment by Thorsten Knublauch on May 25, 2011 at 11:20pm

According to the book "Apple Scruffs" there are several scruffs owning fully signed White Albums (signed on the spread). You should add at least 2 sets in your list.



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