Auction News | Music memorabilia

Beatles 1963 signed set list valued at up to $100,000

By
1 May 2018 12:00

Julien’s Auctions will offer a handwritten set list from a circa 1963 Beatles concert in its May 19 Music Icons sale.
The scrap of paper, which has an estimate of $80,000-100,000, is in Paul McCartney’s handwriting and bears signatures from John Lennon and Ringo Starr (though not McCartney or George Harrison).

The set list features a classic run of hits from the band’s meteoric rise, including [I Saw Her] Standing There and All My Loving, as well as notes on which member of the band will introduce each song. It’s unclear where the concert took place, but given the date it would have been somewhere in the UK, Ireland or Sweden.

This Beatles set list dates to their early rise (Image: Julien's Auctions)

Beatles set lists are extremely rare. In fact, we believe this to be the first ever offered at auction.

That this piece is also connected with 1963, the year the Beatles became the biggest pop group on the planet, will only increase its appeal.

There’s also a set of John Lennon’s iconic gold wire rimmed glasses, which he presented to a gardener at his Tittenhurst Park home in 1969.

Lennon gave away several pairs of glasses over the years (Image: Julien's Auctions)

They’re expected to sell for around $20,000-30,000. One of the lenses was broken at the time, hence why Lennon was happy to give them away, but in the years since the other lens has gone missing as well.

Another set of Lennon’s glasses sold for £14,400 ($19,656) at Omega Auctions in 2015. Lennon gave that pair to his housekeeper Dorothy in 1965 when he heard her brother was going to a Just William fancy dress party.

COLLECT EVERYTHING

News, auction catalogues, collecting tips and more
delivered straight to your inbox.

Tell me more.