1963 With the Beatles UK mono record-album sleeve (no record), signed on the reverse in blue ink by all four band members: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. McCartney has inscribed the album "To Janice lots of love and a happy Christmas! from Paul McCartney XXX," while the other three band members have simply signed their names. All of the signatures are boldly scripted and grade "10." This is one of the finest record albums signed by The Beatles that we have ever seen due to its incredible provenance in the form of an accompanying handwritten letter from Paul McCartney to the original recipient! The letter, written in blue ink on the reverse of an envelope, reads "Dear Janice, Excuse the paper but I haven't got any real stuff. I just wanted to thank you for the letter which your aunt gave me. Glad you like the L. P. and hope you will like the next records. Love Paul McCartney XXX." Both the text and McCartney's signature have been scripted in blue ink and grade "9/10" overall. The address on the front of the envelope reads "Mrs. C. Gell/The BBC Studios [make-up]/Manchester" and the envelope bears a postmark of "Dec 4 1963 Crewe Cheshisre."
Both the album and letter are accompanied by individual LOAs from Paul Wane of Tracks LTD. In his letter accompanying the album, Wane writes in part: "This album was first released on 22nd November 1963. The signatures were obtained by a make-up artist, who worked for the BBC and based in Manchester in the North West of England, for her niece Janice Seddon. In his letter accompanying the signed envelope, Wane explains that Janice's original letter to McCartney was delivered in this envelope and that "Janice sent the note after she learnt that her aunt would be working with The Beatles and she asked for it to be given to Paul McCartney. Obviously, Paul read Janice's letter and the envelope contains his response." Both letters provide an estimation as to when the the album and the McCartney letter were obtained:
After carrying out some research we believe it is possible that the autographs were obtained in Liverpool on 7th December 1963 when the BBC worked closely with The Beatles. Throughout the day and evening The Beatles were filmed for a special peak time programme called 'It's The Beatles.' They also filmed a special edition of the TV programme 'Juke Box Jury' at the Odeon Cinema, Liverpool. The Beatles then filmed live in concert at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool, finally they recorded a radio appearance on the BBC light programme 'Top Of The Pops.' Without a doubt the BBC would have had to take a good number of staff from their Manchester studios over to Liverpool most probably including a make-up artist which could quite conceivably have been Mrs. Gell.
The album sleeve (12.25 x 12.25 inches) displays a diagonal tear (3 inches) on the front, as well as vertical creasing along the entire right border (touches upon the Harrison signature). In Very Good condition overall. The envelope (10.5 x 4.5 inches) displays two vertical folds, creases, and a small area of paper loss on the reverse (affecting a small portion of the text). In Good to Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 items (signed album sleeve and letter). Full individual LOAs for the album and letter from Paul Wane/Tracks LTD. Full individual LOAs for the album and letter from Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Full LOA (for the album and letter combined) from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $10,000. Estimate (open).
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