The Beatles’ ‘segregation document’ sells for $23,000

Contract fetches four times estimate at auction

A document showing how The Beatles refused to play to segregated crowds has sold for $23,000 (£14,875) at auction.

The contract, signed by Brian Epstein, asked that the group “not be required to perform in front of a segregated audience”.

Before a 1964 show at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, John Lennon was quoted as saying:

We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now. I’d sooner lose our appearance money


The contract in question was for a gig to be played in California, in 1965.

Also included in the document were specifications about security for the band. No less than 150 uniformed police officers were required for the protection of The Beatles.

As reported by the BBC, the gig in question did indeed have a lapse in secuirty as fans rushed the stage. The gig was halted as the crowd was calmed. The band returned to complete the set.

The documents were sold on Tuesday, at the Los Angeles auction held by Nate D Sanders. The buyer was not disclosed.