The Beatles prove they’re still number 1 in a bumper collectables & sporting sale

A rare Beatles poster stole the show in a very buoyant sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting Items on 21st July. The sale attracted a remarkable number of bidders, both in the saleroom and on the internet; a level of interest that was reflected in strong prices for vintage advertising, fishing tackle, and sporting memorabilia.

The poster was the top lot in the sale and advertised a concert starring ‘The Sensational Beatles’ at the Royal Hall, Harrogate; it sold for £5,500 against an estimate of £1,500-2,000. The Fab Four performed in Harrogate on 8th March 1963, just as their career was taking off. Event promoter Derek Arnold had booked the band in December 1962, when they were yet to become a household name; their second single, Please Please Me, wasn’t released until January 1963. Their first album, also called Please Please Me, was yet to be released and full blown Beatlemania was still some months away.

Specialist Kegan Harrison says of the poster: “It is rare to find any Beatles concert posters, let alone one in this fine condition, as their touring career was very short with less than 1,000 concerts in total - many of which pre-dated their debut LP”.

Vintage advertising was definitely a highpoint of the sale; a collection of vintage enamel advertising signs inspired competitive bidding pushing prices way above estimate. Three lots were of particular note – all advertising soap; two signs advertising Hudson Soap reached £650 (est. £80-120) and £600 (est. £70-100), and a sign advert Sunlight Soap with ‘£1000 Guarantee of Purity’ sold for £650 (est. £100-150).

Tennis fans were out in force, and a Real Tennis Racket by G G B & Co, London, attracting a great deal of interest and finally selling for £650 (estimate: £50-70). Formerly known as Royal Tennis, the ‘Sport of Kings’ has been played in various guises for centuries, with Henry VIII being a particular enthusiast and building his own court at Hampton Court in 1530. The modern mecca for tennis was also represented in the sale, with a private collection of memorabilia from the old Wimbledon Centre and Number 1 courts selling strongly too, garnering new bidders from around the country.

The sale resulted in a total Hammer Price of £66,920, with 92% of the 405 lots sold.

We are currently accepting lots for the next sale of Toys, Models, Collectables & Sporting on 24th November, please contact us on 01969 623780 or for details.

The Beatles Concert Poster For The Royal Hall, Harrogate Friday 8th March 1963: Sold for £5,500
(top left) Sunlight Soap Enamel Advertising Sign: Sold for £650