Never-Before-Seen Beatles Photos Hit the Auction Block in New York

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Christie’s is set to auction off unknown images of John, Paul, George and Ringo circa 1964. For Beatles fans, this is big.

The entire collection of photos is titled “The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell,” however, each photo will be auctioned off individually. The 46 photos were taken in D.C. and Baltimore shortly after the group’s famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Forbes reports that the various snaps capture the Fab Four clowning around, holding a press conference and performing at the Washington Coliseum. The photographer who captured the images (with a little help from his lens) is Mike Mitchell, who was only 18 in 1964.

(PHOTOS: Unpublished Pictures of the Beatles)

“To me, this concert (at the Coliseum) was an opportunity to do portraits, and to get an up-close look, to really see who these guys were,” Mitchell told Forbes. “Most of the establishment press treated them as a mere novelty.  My generation, however, felt an immediate connection with them and still do.”

The photos have all been digitally restored by Mitchell and Christie’s is expecting to fetch a tidy sum at the auction, estimating that photo sales will amount to around $100,000.

See more of the photos over at Forbes.

Megan Gibson is a reporter at TIME. Find her on Twitter at @MeganJGibson. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.

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