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World-Wide TV Broadcast!
Beatles For Sale
"The Ultimate Beatles Auction"
Tokyo & London Saturday 22 March, 1997

Bonhams Auctioneers and Tokyo Auction House presented the first international "All Beatles" auction at Tokyo Auction House March 22nd at 6:00 pm, with a simultaneous satellite link to London at 9:00am. There was also regional, cable and satellite feeds worldwide. This historic auction featured some of the rarest and most important Beatles items ever to be offered for sale and related material from each members' solo projects. The total amount from all items sold came to $1.1 million. The lavish, fully illustrated 100-page auction catalog presented a major chronological retrospective of the Beatles' career.

Helen Grantham
Montpelier Street
London, England SW7 1HH

Information on future auctions can be obtained via email to: Ted Owen / Bonhams

Selected highlights and estimated prices*
ItemEstimate Estimate Estimate U.S. $
Paul McCartney's birth certificate8,000-9,0001.6,000,000-1.8m$12,640-14,220.00
Paul McCartney's school math book25-35,0005,000,000- 7m $39,500-55,300
Beatles 1963 drumskin25-35,0005,000,000- 7m $39,500-55,300
Paul McCartney's custom Hoffner 500/1 violin bass guitar100-150,00020,000,000-30m$158,000-237,000
Original Gold Record Award for the Sgt. Pepper Album15-25,0003,000,000- 5m$23,700-39,500
Paul McCartney's handwritten working manuscript for Penny LaneWithdrawn via court order by Paul McCartney
John Lennon's afghan worn on the cover of the Magical Mystery Tour album30-40,0006,000,000- 8m$47,400-63,200
The lost tapes of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's radio happening and interviews, 1971100-150,00020,000,000- 30m$158,000-237,000
John Lennon's Steinway upright piano300-400,00060,000,000- 80m$474,000-632,000
Gold record award for The Beatles (white album)20-25,0004,000,000- 5m$31,600-39,500
John Lennon's Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman limousine"inquire"
The Penny Lane Barbershop195,00039,000,000 $308,100
*Estimated prices as listed in the auction catalog. U.S. $ based on March 17, 1997 exchange rate of 1=$1.58

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