The Beatles: A set of autographs on Pan Am stationery, obtained on the Beatles' historic flight to New York for their first US visit, 7th February 1964,
Lot 331
The Beatles: A set of autographs on Pan Am stationery, obtained on the Beatles' historic flight to New York for their first US visit,
7th February 1964,
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 13,722) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Beatles: A set of autographs on Pan Am stationery, obtained on the Beatles' historic flight to New York for their first US visit,
7th February 1964,
in blue ballpoint on a 'Clipper Club' passenger list (in John-Paul-George-Ringo sequence), also inscribed Pan American Airways Flt 101/07 Feb 1964 To New York in an unknown hand, 9¾ x 12½ inches (24.5 x 32 cm)

Footnotes

  • The Beatles made many notable flights but perhaps this one to New York on Friday 7th February is among the most significant. In the weeks prior to their arrival, the single 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' had reached No.1 in the Cashbox chart and frantic media interest in the group followed that already shown by American teenagers. As Mark Lewisohn writes in the 'The Complete Beatles Chronicle' (Pyramid Books, Lomdon, 1992), '...from the moment that their Pan Am flight touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Beatles were subjected to every form of media exposure known in 1964; journalists, photographers, radio stations and TV news crews covered their every single move, many with live reports. Hundreds of people were clamouring, constantly, for their attention if only for a few seconds, in person, by phone, by any means imaginable.'

    The following day they rehearsed in CBS TV's Studio 50 for the Ed Sullivan Show, together with more press interviews. On Sunday they appeared live on the show, to an estimated audience of 73 million people across the USA, the country's highest TV audience recorded to that time. Their first live concert performance at the Washington Coliseum was met with hysteria, scenes that were repeated the following night at Carnegie Hall. A second live performance on the Ed Sullivan Show took place, broadcast from the Deauville Hotel in Miami on Sunday 16th, to an estimated TV audience of 70 million. After a period of well-earned rest in the Florida sunshine, the Beatles returned to England, arriving on Saturday 22nd to a rapturous welcome by fans and press alike.
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