1971 George Harrison Signed Check

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1596

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Business check, issued by Apple Records, Inc., signed by George Harrison (1943-2001), "The Quiet Beatle." The check, dated 1/2/71 and drawn on the National Westminster Bank Limited of London, is made out to "Henley Newsagents" in the amount of "eight pounds, seventeen shillings, and eight pence." It is flawlessly signed in blue ink (grading "10") by Harrison at the bottom. Checks signed by members of the Beatles are not only scarce, but also highly prized by collectors for many reasons, including the inherent authenticity they provide with regard to the signature. This particular check is also accompanied by a one-page letter of authenticity from world-renowned Beatles authenticator Frank Caiazzo. Harrison, like all three other members of The Beatles, embarked on a solo music career following the group's breakup in 1970. Interestingly, this check is dated almost exactly one-year following Harrison's last recording session with the group, on January 4, 1970. At the time of this check, Harrison was riding high with the release of his greatest album, All Things Must Pass , which was both a critical and financial success. Later in the year, on August 1st, Harrison staged his famous The Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden, which brought together some of the biggest names in music, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, and former Beatle Ringo Starr. Harrison passed away in 2001 at the age of fifty-eight as a result of lung cancer. The check (8 x 3.5 inches) displays normal bank cancellation stamps and holes, as well as two light vertical folds and a few light surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. Additional LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800.

SOLD FOR $1,528

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