What a fascinating way to end a week – a rare peek into the lives of the most famous band in the world - and on our doorstep!
Today, I had the opportunity to meet with Best of Newbury Business member Cameo Auctioneers based in Midgham near Newbury, West Berks. Apart from a general catch up and hearing about the recent success of the David Dickinson Real Deal programme, recently filmed at their premises, I was lucky enough to learn of a forthcoming auction that not only has a local story, but has captured the interest of a global audience and to see firsthand, the unique memorabilia that will be put up for sale.
On Tuesday August 3rd, Cameo Auctioneers will be holding a sale of Music related memorabilia that includes some previously unseen items relating to “The Fab Four”!
Lot 196 comprises a unique personal album collection of 50+ unreleased colour and black and white photos, which belong to a local resident. These pictures feature John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison in their houses and gardens. The photos were taken by the current owner who at the age of 15 had tracked down Paul McCartney at his then home address in London and had quite simply but boldly knocked on his door. In a time more innocent than today, Paul not only welcomed this young fan but wrote the address of the other band members on an envelope and gave it to her suggesting she “bang on their doors as well”! Encouraged, she just that and there started a series of visits with the band members over a few years, during which time a collection of photographs was made.
What makes this collection special is that, being previously unseen, they are also being sold with the copyright, making them a potentially valuable asset. This newsworthy item has already attracted early bids via the web and has become a newsworthy story for not only the local and national press, the BBC and ITV but for TV channels from all over the world.
Other notable items in the sale include: A charcoal and ink sketch entitled “Spiderman” by Bob Dylan – a unique chance to obtain a piece of his collectable art; A sheet of paper featuring handwritten part lyrics by Jim Morrison of The Doors for the song LA Woman – this song was on the last studio album before his death; a green velvet jacket owned and worn by Jimi Hendrix. The last 2 items were previously on display in The Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
So, if you want to see these very collectable items for yourself they will be on preview at Cameo Auctioneers on July 30th, August 1st and 2nd from 8.30 am.
The Music Memorabilia Auction is being held on August 3rd at 11.00am. Doors open from 8.30am.
For more information about Cameo Auctioneers and contact information visit their feature page on this site.