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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 19, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House
Extremely rare
Beatles Pinups-for-Sale poster from 1964
This poster was printed for use in storefronts and newsstands across the United States to sell sets of Beatles "Screamers," which were small posters of the Beatles on sale at the time of their US tour. The image is of Ringo Starr at the drums , drawn by internationally known artist/caricaturist Gordon Currie (my father), surrounded by scrolls with the names of the Beatles in scrolls, with Beatles Pin-Ups at the top and On Sale Now! at the bottom.
These are extremely rare, as they were never sold to the general public - they were advertising posters. I know of only six in existence - four of which I sold about two years ago when they were discovered in my late father's art storeroom. Those sold in a range of $680 for the very best one with no fading, down to $145 for one with significant fading and a light tear/split along the fold (they were folded into quarters at the printers for mailing). The other was sold by someone else just before I sold those and it went for a little over $700.
This on is on the mid-to-upper end of the quality scale in comparison to the others. T is some discoloration along the fold edge (more noticeable on the top), and the tiniest of a little split hole at the point w the folds come together in the center. Most of the discoloration is in the upper right quadrant, though it is not as obvious as in the picture (it was taken with my iPhone which kind of pumps up the colors). As I finish packing up the last of my parents' estate and go through every single scrap of paper and file in relation to a documentary on my father (he was a prolific artist/war corresponent throughout the Pacific Theater in WWII, every US president from Truman through Nixon sat for him at one time or another, etc.), I found this ONE additional poster. This was in with a pile of the regular pinups, sealed away in an old refrigerator (which kept the air out), which I imagine were over-runs from the printer since they weren't in the sealed envelopes in which they were sold.
THIS WILL BE THE LAST ONE THAT COMES UP FOR SALE FROM THE ESTATE. T are no more (t are no more places on the property w I could be surprised to find one).
I hope this ends up in the hands of a serious Beatles collector who will really appreciate its rarity.
We generally take PAYPAL ONLY, but may take a cashier's check from a business if we are contacted prior to bidding.
As a BONUS: I'll include a set of the BEATLES SCREAMERS POSTERS as well (which depending on condition generally go for anyw from $25-100 on ebay by themselves when someone sells a set.