Rare Beatles photos shot by an amateur snapper sell for more than £30,000

Up to 61 pictures from the Fab Four's biggest ever concert go under the hammer

Rare photos of The Beatles taken by an amateur snapper have sold at an auction for over £30,000.

The pictures, taken at Shea Stadium in New York for the Fab Four’s biggest ever concert in 1965, were shot by Marc Weinstein after he used a fake press pass to blag his way backstage. Up to 61 of his black and white photos fetched £30,680 at a sale held by Omega Auctions. They were expected to sell for between £15,000-£20,000, reports BBC News.

Recalling the gig, Weinstein said he used a home-made press pass to con a policeman into escorting him to the stage area. “I just blended with everybody there,” he said. “I had a method of operation; I just acted like I belonged. Anybody in authority, I would look the other way.” Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said the successful bidder was “a South American man currently living in Washington [who] is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia”.

A further collection of 65 unpublished colour slides of The Beatles taken by physicist Dr Robert “Bob” Beck in 1964 sold for £27,140. They had an estimated vaule of £10,000-£15,000. Meanwhile, Paul McCartney has admitted that Yoko Ono’s presence in the recording studio used to infuriate the rest of the band when she first started dating John Lennon.