This is considered by most collectors to be one of the ultimate pieces to own of all commercial Beatles memorabilia. The 4-speed 17-1/2" x 10" x 6" NEMS record player was manufactered in 1964 and only 5000 were made, with very few surviving. So far, only a few near mint units have turned up - the majority that have surfaced are in worn condition.
The colorful 20" x 11" x 7" packing box is even rarer, only a handfull are known to exist. An owners manual was also included. The serial numbers were on a piece of paper attached to the inside lid, and in most cases this is missing.
The value has at least doubled in the last three years for upper condition players, selling just a few years ago for $1500 to $2000 and now in 2001 for $4000 and up, when they can be found.