Due to the price of color film, most images of the Fab Four taken prior to 1965 were in black and white. The photos being auctioned were taken by Dr. Robert Beck, a physicist and inventor, who died in 2002. Part of the large collection of photographs and slides left in his Hollywood home after his death were of The Beatles during their 1964 U.S. tour, both on and off stage.
In addition to the tour shots, the set also includes photos taken the at band’s Sahara Hotel press conference and convention center gig in Las Vegas and photos from a private party at a Beverly Hills mansion owned by Alan Livingston, who was the president of Capitol Records at the time.
The auction is set to take place via Omega Auctions on March 22nd. That date also happens to mark the 50 year anniversary of the release of the band’s first album, Please Please Me. The photos will be sold along with the copyright and are estimated to garner anywhere from £10,000 to £15,000 ($16,253 to $24,379).
-Brad Haynes, 1059 SUNNY FM/Orlando