Signed Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Album Sells for More Than $290,000 at Auction

Beatlemania lives on as an anonymous bidder purchases the Fab Four’s 1967 album 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band' for $290,000 at auction.

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This undated image provided by Heritage Auctions shows what is described as a “pristine” copy of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album autographed by all four members of the band, that was up for auction.

Beatlemania lives on: a rare, signed copy of the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has raked in $290,500 at an auction in Texas on Saturday.

The final price far exceeded the $30,000 bid estimated by the Dallas-based Heritage Auctions — which ran the sale — and broke the previous record for such an item, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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The copy of the album from the U.K. branch of the record label Parlophone has a high gloss cover and gatefold, and is believed to be autographed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr shortly before it was released in June 1967, Rolling Stone reported.  Bidding on the album opened at $15,000, but quickly shot up to $110,000 during the early bidding period, which took place a week before the auction date. An unnamed buyer from the Midwest purchased the album, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gary Shrum, the consignment director of Heritage Auctions, told Rolling Stone that the bidding had “taken on a life of its own,” possibly because of the high quality of the Fab Four’s signatures on the album.

The previous record for a signed Beatles album cover was $150,000 for a copy of the band’s 1964 album Meet the Beatles.

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19 comments
Rita Sor
Rita Sor

Hehehe!!good 2 know!hehehehe

Rita Sor
Rita Sor

Hahahahha!!!keith,cool down!!!hahaha

Keith A. West
Keith A. West

Lol anybody who gets up in arms over somebody else's opinion music is pretty immature

Rita Sor
Rita Sor

Hahahaha!!!debate?hahahha!!!peace guys!!

Keith A. West
Keith A. West

Nathan you look a lot younger than I do so I probably know more about music than you

Keith A. West
Keith A. West

37 isn't a child and I wasn't even mad lol...

Rita Sor
Rita Sor

Guys,dont fight each other,keith there's nothing wrong about what david done,he was just let you know the right grammar need to be used!Dont get mad!;-)

Nathan Blattner
Nathan Blattner

If you're dumb enough to think Led Zeppelin is better than The Beatles, then don't be upset when we correct your spelling. It's only fair for us to assume you're a child who doesn't know better.

Keith A. West
Keith A. West

Listen David I don't need you correcting me I talk into my phone and it types it for me thank you I did graduate high schoo.l

Keith A. West
Keith A. West

This band is way overrated....their not close to being as good as Zeppelin

jose_luna12
jose_luna12

@Keith Alan West The Beatles started as teen back day as the Quarrymen in 1959, Led Zeppelin Started before the beatles started ok , overrated my ass