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Controversial Beatles Autographs Up for Sale at a Staggering $100k

Controversial Beatles Autographs Up for Sale at a Staggering $100k

A rare Beatles autograph has gone up for auction. However, fans might need someone to hold their hand after seeing the price tag. Momentsintime.com, a prominent autograph dealer, is offering a remarkable opportunity to own a signed piece of paper from all four legendary members of The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. As you may have guessed, fans might need some help dealing with the $100,000 starting bid.

John Lennon’s personalized message adds a bit of controversy to the Beatles autograph. He signs the American Airlines-branded paper as St. John Leper. This is a bit of a callback to Lennon’s infamous “we’re bigger than Jesus” comment.

Some Christian communities strongly opposed the remark, resulting in significant backlash. Some radio stations even refused to play The Beatles’ music, and their records were banned. The relentless criticism ultimately led to the end of The Beatles’ touring career.

Paul McCartney’s Unique Signature Also Adds Value to the Rare Beatles Autograph

McCartney’s signature is exceptionally scarce, as he alludes to Father McKenzie from the renowned track “Eleanor Rigby.” According to the listing, Bess Coleman obtained these autographs while working as a publicist at EMI Records.

The Beatles have been making headlines for more than old autographs in recent months. Of course, The Beatles were in the news in 2023 when they released their final track “Now and Then”. The Documentary “Now And Then – The Last Beatles Song,” dropped on YouTube alongside the track showcasing how the song was created.

The documentary shows footage from the 1995 recording session, where Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison made attempts to contribute to a John Lennon demo. It also includes clips of McCartney and Starr adding new bass and drum parts for the song in 2022. Additionally, the film shows an orchestral session at Capitol Studios, guided by McCartney and co-producer Giles Martin.

In the 1990s, Yoko Ono shared one of Lennon’s old demo tapes with the remaining band members. McCartney, Harrison, and Starr tried to use Lennon’s tape as the foundation for a new Beatles song. However, technological limitations prevented them from extracting Lennon’s muffled voice from the piano recording. The project was put on hold.

The collection also features Lennon’s lead vocal fragments, first recorded on a cassette in the late 1970s. Using Peter Jackson’s advanced audio separation technology, these recordings have been restored, resulting in a sound akin to Lennon’s presence in a modern studio.