A teenager’s portfolio of unseen Beatles photos sells for £250,000 at auction

Might be time to dig out the old photo albums...

A teenage portfolio containing over 300 previously unseen photos of The Beatles‘ first appearances in the US as sold for over £250,000 at auction.

Mike Mitchell’s photographs captured the band playing their renowned shows in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964. As The Guardian report, a total of 413 negatives were sold for £253,2000 at auction – 46 of which had been seen before.

At the time, Mitchell was 18 and was inspired to shoot the group after watching their famous TV performance on the Ed Sullivan show in February 1964. He said: “I was very motivated to come up with stuff that was as unique as could possibly be.”

Since he couldn’t afford a flash, Mitchell shot the band as they arrived at the Washington Coliseum using natural light to capture the band. At The Beatles’ show in Baltimore the following September, Mitchell managed to climb on stage to get a better view of the band.

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The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964

Earlier this week, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has received his knighthood for services to music.

The music icon, 77, received the honour from the Duke of Cambridge during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking to the BBC after accepting the award, he said: It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”

Read more: Sir Paul McCartney wishes late bandmate George Harrison a happy 75th Birthday

Today (March 24) Paul McCartney attended the anti-gun ‘March For Our Lives’ in remembrance of his former Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.