Ten Valuable The Beatles Music Collectibles

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Valuable Beatles music collectibles include the rare Yesterday and Today butcher cover album, concert tickets and posters, figurines, diary store displays, Beatle button vending machines, autographed photos, John Lennon Halloween costumes and movie poster

The Beatles are perhaps the most famous rock 'n' roll band in history. Formed in Liverpool, England, in 1960, the original lineup featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best. Sutcliffe left the band in 1961 and Best followed suit one year later, with Ringo Starr replacing the latter. In time, the Beatles became the number one musical act on the planet, scoring with such hits as "Love Me Do," "All My Loving," "A Hard Day's Night," "I Feel Fine," "Eight Days a Week," "Paperback Writer," "Hey Jude" and "The Long and Winding Road."

Although the Beatles broke up in 1970, Beatlemania continues today. Here are ten valuable Beatles music collectibles that are sure to excite Fab Four fans everywhere. Strawberry Fields Forever!

The Beatles 1966 Yesterday and Today Butcher Cover LP Album

When it comes to Beatles collectibles, one of the true Holy Grails in the field is the super rare Yesterday and Today "Butcher Cover" LP album released by Capitol Records in 1966. The Fab Four are pictured in butcher smocks surrounded by the bloody, headless remains of dolls. This album was famously recalled by Capitol because of its gruesome nature, but some LPs made it into the hands of consumers. A First State (that's the earliest pressing)mono example in still sealed condition brought the house down at auction, selling for an astounding $26,290.

The Beatles Yesterday and Today sealed 1966 "Butcher Cover" LP $26,290

The Beatles 1962 St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Youth Club Concert Ticket

On Saturday, March 10, 1962, the fledgling Beatles – billed as "Polydor Recording Artists" – played a gig at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall Youth Club at Tranmere, Birkenhead in the United Kingdom. It was the boys' second performance at this venue. A ticket from that early historic performance in excellent condition sold at auction for $776.75.

The Beatles Autographed A Hard Day's Night Promotional Photo

Beatles autographs are always in demand – but watch out for forgeries! In 1964, during the filming of A Hard Day's Night, British actor Norman Rossington acquired the autographs of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr on a promotional movie photo. That authenticated signed photograph in very fine condition brought $19,120 at auction.

The Beatles signed A Hard Day's Night publicity photo $19,120

The Beatles #1 1964 Dell Giant Comic Book

In 1964 Fab Four fans could have purchased The Beatles #1 comic book, published by Dell and priced at 35 cents. Considered scarce, one outstanding example in graded/certified CGC near mint- 9.2 condition sold at auction for $2,629.

The Beatles 1964 comic book $2,629

The Beatles A Hard Day's Night (1964) One Sheet Movie Poster

The Beatles' first feature film was A Hard Day's Night, directed by Richard Lester and first released in the UK by United Artists on July 6, 1964. A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition and backed on linen for preservation purposes brought $1,015.75.

The Beatles A Hard Day's Night one sheet poster $1,015.75

The Beatles 1968 Yellow Submarine Animation Cel

Animation cels are big with collectors. A hand-painted cel featuring an animated Paul McCartney and George Harrison from the 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine in excellent condition sold at auction for $597.50.

The Beatles 1966 Candlestick Park Concert Poster

The Beatles played their final concert at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on Monday, August 29, 1966. A psychedelic poster from that final performance in very good condition fetched $2,987.50 at auction.

The Beatles 1966 final concert poster $2,987.50

The Beatles Button Vending Machine

Beatles pinback buttons could be purchased from gumball vending machines for a nickel back in the 1960s. One of those vintage machines – with approximately 24 encapsulated buttons still clearly visible – brought a top bid of $1,015.75 at auction.

The Beatles 1960s gumball machine $1,015.75

The Beatles 1964 Bobbin' Head Figurines

Car Mascots, Inc. issued a handsome set of four Beatles figurines in 1964. One set still in their original packaging sold at auction for $896.25.

The Beatles John Lennon 1964 Halloween Costume

Ben Cooper, the big name in children's costumes, produced a handsome John Lennon Halloween costume in 1964 bearing the familiar NEMS copyright. One example still in its original box brought $334.60 at auction.

John Lennon 1964 Halloween costume $334.60

Maybe you can't buy love...but can you buy these outstanding Beatles collectibles?

Credits & Top Image
  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: The Beatles Diary 1965 store display with one sample $298.75

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