THE Beatles and Rock & Pop Memorabilia go together like fish and chips.
The Fab Four are always the most sought-after band among collectors across the world and are so popular that they form virtually a separate market.
Honourable mentions go to artists such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, with the Grateful Dead taking a big slice in the US, but the Beatles bubble shows no signs of bursting.
All kinds of Beatles memorabilia come up at auction and if the provenance is strong, so too will be the prices.
On March 24 two pictures of John Lennon driving his Mini taken from the back passenger seat by the vendor sold for £4400 against an estimate of £800-1200 at Omega Auctions of Cheshire in a dedicated Beatles collection sale. John is seen looking into the camera via the rear view mirror. These were taken while driving round to George Harrison’s place to rehearse The White Album and were sold by the original photographer with copyright.
Heritage Auctions of Dallas are offering another unusual but desirable Fab Four item in an online sale ending on April 9: one of the first hand-painted cels of the Yellow Submarine made for the 1968 animated film.
This 10 x 5 1/2in (25.5 x 14cm) cel (United Artists/King Features, 1968) was used for reference during the creation of all the production cels and shows colour instructions.