July 21, 2011 9:26

Unseen Beatles photos from first US concert sell for £223,600

Prints include rare shots of drummer Ringo Starr

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Unseen pictures of The Beatles' first US concert have been sold at a US auction for more than $360,000 (£223,600).

Fifty silver gelatin prints from the band's Washington Coliseum show on February 11, 1964, two days after their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, were sold individually at Christie's auction house in New York.

The images, shot by photographer Mike Mitchell at the venue when he was 18, plus photos from another Beatles concert, had only been estimated to fetch a total of just $100,000 (£62,000).


The pics that sold included a backlit photograph of Ringo Starr which sold for $8,125 dollars (£5,000). The shot depicted a rare moment where Starr was both drummer and lead singer on The Beatles classic 'I Wanna Be Your Man'.

Other highlights included a backlit photograph Mitchell shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four which fetched more than $68,000 (£42,000), reports the Belfast Telegraph.

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