“Meet the Beatles” with in-person autograph collecting veteran John Brennan as you hear the exciting evolution of an uber-rare signed Beatles guitar obtained over the course of several years. From first getting George Harrison—who famously refused to sign guitars—on a pickguard in 1997, he meticulously formulated his strategy, getting Ringo on a guitar body in 2001, and finally culminating with a fantastic, bold, and full Paul McCartney signature in 2002.
The thrice-signed Beatles guitar has since occupied a place of pride in John’s massive Rock N’ Roll collection, and is now offered for sale in RR’s September 25, 2018 Remarkable Rarities sale supported by five full letters of authenticity. On this second in a series of podcasts, John hauntingly recollects his experience with George Harrison when he said he would sign, “as long as you’re not going to kill me.” This was an obvious reference to his bandmate John Lennon’s murder at the hands of one-time autograph seeker Mark David Chapman.
But the mood doesn’t stay too serious for long as John takes us along for the ride of his “natural high” for autograph collecting and joy being in such close proximity to his favorite celebrities. He recalls ‘photobombing’ the typically camera-shy Ringo at a Tower Records signing. Early in his collecting career John also followed Paul McCartney to the Hamptons with a select few friends seeking signatures, and he has the incredible candid to remember the trip.
A tried-and-true fan, John followed Nirvana from their rise to fame, initially meeting a red-haired Cobain in January 1992 as he smoked in the lobby after a Saturday Night Live rehearsal, and eventually culminating with a trip to Seattle in 1993. It was then that John obtained his final Nirvana autographs including the Rarities-offered incredible ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ signed sheet music, autographed a mere four months before Cobain’s tragic April 5, 1994 suicide.
These two landmark pieces from John’s collection to be sold in RR’s September 25 Remarkable Rarities sale perfectly encapsulate the breadth of the 40-year veteran’s self-proclaimed “monster” of an autograph collection. From the iconic Fab Four on a seldom-seen guitar, to nineties Seattle grunge legends Nirvana on sheet music for their most iconic song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” the Brennan collection is well-represented in RR’s most exclusive sale of the year.
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