Dealer tells of steady rise in value of Beatles memorabilia

Dealer tells of steady rise in value of Beatles memorabilia

Paul McCartney signing autographs at the Rialto Theatre, in York, in 1963

John Lennon at the Rialto Theatre, in York, in 1963

Ringo Starr signing autographs in York

The Beatles looking out of a window at the Rialto Theatre

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A YOUTHFUL Paul McCartney gives a York fan his autograph. John Lennon stops for a chat with another fan. The Beatles together lean and wave out of an upstairs window at the Rialto Theatre.

These previously unpublished images from one of the band’s visits to York in 1963 have been released to The Press by a leading dealer in Beatles and other rock’n’roll memorabilia, who has also revealed just how much such items can now be worth.

Jason Cornthwaite, of Tracks Ltd in Lancashire, contacted the newspaper after we reported the teenage reminiscences of Gill Thompson, who met the Fab Four and other stars when they stayed at her then home, the Edinburgh Arms, following concerts at the nearby Rialto.

She had an autograph book full of the signatures of world-famous musicians from the 1960s.

Mr Cornthwaite said he had bought the pictures seen here from a female York fan who had taken them during one of the 1963 visits.

He said all the bands and artists who visited the city left behind a plethora of superb mementos.

Most of this material had risen steadily in value over the last 20 years, with a significant increase in the last five years – in particular with The Beatles.

He said: “Although the rise doesn’t apply to all types of Beatles items, there has been a substantial increase in the value of specific types of Fab Four ephemera, most notably signatures, concert posters, some novelty items and certain albums.

“Most of the items in these categories have doubled in value in the past five years. A Beatles concert poster from York in decent condition could now bring £4,000 to £5,000, compared with £2,000 five years ago.”

He says a a small ticket stub would be worth £50, and a larger, more elaborate one such as those issued in 1962 or early 1963 would bring about £150 – more than triple this if it were complete.

Beatles programmes were worth between £25 and £35, with handbills realising between £300 and £500.

He invited members of the York public with Beatles and other memorabilia – such as concert posters, flyers, programs, tickets, signatures, magazines, personal possessions, negatives and lyrics – to contact Tracks for a free valuation.

• Anyone wanting a valuation should call Jason Cornthwaite on 01257 269726, email jason@tracks.co.uk or write to Tracks Ltd, PO Box 117, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 OQR.

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9:59am Thu 7 Mar 13

heworth.28 says...

ANOTHER free ad - not even for a local business this time
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9:59am Thu 7 Mar 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Great pix. Got 'ny more?
Great pix. Got 'ny more? Garrowby Turnoff
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10:16am Thu 7 Mar 13

Woody G Mellor says...

heworth.28 wrote:
ANOTHER free ad - not even for a local business this time
Yep. Another small business gets some free advertising. Great ain't it!
[quote][p][bold]heworth.28[/bold] wrote: ANOTHER free ad - not even for a local business this time[/p][/quote]Yep. Another small business gets some free advertising. Great ain't it! Woody G Mellor
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1:08pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Pedro says...

Fantastic. Massive fan and these are simply great to see. If you have more send them in!!!
Fantastic. Massive fan and these are simply great to see. If you have more send them in!!! Pedro
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6:45pm Thu 7 Mar 13

RingoStarr says...

heworth.28 wrote:
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7:08pm Thu 7 Mar 13

Woody G Mellor says...

RingoStarr wrote:
heworth.28 wrote:
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