GRAHAM Budd Auctions is selling four autographs from The Beatles which were obtained when they played in Weston.

The band played at the seaside town's former ODEON venue over 60 years ago, in July 1963. The popular group performed for six consecutive nights, drawing in music fans from across the country.

The autographs, which are estimated to be worth around £4,000-£6,000, were obtained by the vendor's sister during the second night of The Beatles' residency. 

Vinyl and pop culture artefacts have seen an increase in value. The first half of 2023 saw a 12 per cent increase with over 2.7 million LPs sold (British Phonographic Industry (BPI)). 

John Garrett, vintage vinyl specialist for Graham Budd Auctions, said:
"This lot is an incredible piece for any Beatles fan or collector of music ephemera.

"The autographs are clear, strong and legible and come with a letter of authentication, having been with the vendor since 1963.

"Getting these autographs in-person during Beatlemania is a real rarity from a great era. At the time these autographs were obtained, The Beatles still hadn’t exploded in the way they would by the time they set foot in America in '64."

Other lots up for auction include:

  • The personal effects of Screaming Lord Sutch, like his famous leopard print jacket;
  • Buyers will also have the chance to bid on what might be the world’s most expensive can of baked beans. The can is signed by soft rock legend Chris De Burgh, and was given as a joke gift on tour to his head of merch, Jason Gunner;
  • Four signed albums by David Bowie, including the iconic 'Hunky Dory', 'Aladdin Sane', 'Low' and 'Changes One' (est. £800 - £1,000 each);
  • Rock’s first superstar drummer, Ginger Baker’s drumstick (est. £400 - £600);
  • A large, original 1930s glass illuminated HMV shop sign (est. £2,500 - £3,500).

The Graham Budd Auction's website reads: "Consignments for this auction are closed and we have curated an amazing collection of rare and interesting vinyl from all years and genres of music.

"But it’s not just about vinyl! It's also pop culture ephemera including concert t-shirts, tickets, access passes, pictures, programmes and posters from decades gone by."

The Vinyl and Pop Culture Auction will take place on October 18.