'Paul, George, and John on their way to the stage in Blokker, about 30 miles north of Amsterdam'

FRIDAY 6TH JUNE, 10.00 - 16.00
Bonhams offices, De Lairessestraat 154, Amsterdam

SATURDAY 7th JUNE, 10.00 - 16.00
Cultureel Centrum Pancratius, Oosterblokker 98, 1696 BK Oosterblokker

Specialists in rock & pop, film, television and other entertainment memorabilia to visit Blokker and Amsterdam in search of items to sell in Bonhams London sales

To coincide with the Blokker Festival which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' legendary 1964 performance in Blokker, Bonhams auction house are pleased to announce two free valuation days to take place in The Netherlands on Friday 6th June at Bonhams Amsterdam office and on Saturday 7th June in the town of Blokker.

In 1964, the first performance of the Beatles in the Netherlands took place in Blokker, north of Amsterdam. It drew a crowd of singing and shouting teenagers on a scale that the town had never seen before, shaking the country into a mad hysteria. Journalist Paul van Beckum reported, "There they are: the wig boys from Liverpool. Girls burst into tears... screaming like maniacs. Boys climb on each other's shoulders, tear open their shirts, writhing on the floor. Blokker is under the spell of The Beatles". Many consider this to be the day that the swinging 60s hit Amsterdam.

To mark the 50th anniversary of this event, The Beatles in Blokker Foundation hosts a three day festival of music and concerts in celebration of the historic visit. Exhibitions will showcase never seen before photographs of the band, memorabilia and musical instruments. Also on display will be four Beatles motorcars, two of which have been sold by Bonhams auctioneers.

Visiting Bonhams specialists, Katherine Schofield and Stephen Maycock of Bonhams London Entertainment department and Bonhams representatives in Amsterdam, Koen Samson and Saskia Simonis invite local people to bring in their treasured souvenirs to find out what they are really worth (maximum three items).

The service is entirely free and without obligation.

Following recent record breaking auctions in London, New York and Los Angeles, Bonhams will be offering clients the opportunity to include important pieces in forthcoming auctions in London where the highest possible prices can be achieved.

Bonhams has sold Beatles memorabilia with great success in the past:

George Harrison's iconic black leather jacket, worn on stage during numerous early 1960s Beatles appearances in Hamburg, sold in London in 2012 for £110,450. A rare signed copy of the 1963 album With the Beatles, signed by each member of the group, sold for £18,750 in the December 2013 Entertainment sale. The signatures were obtained by the assistant stage manager at the Liverpool Empire when the Beatles were performing there. The dedication reads, 'To Barbara' (the manager's girlfriend at the time).

Already consigned to the forthcoming London Entertainment sale in June is John Lennon's two-piece black suit made for A Hard Days Night - it will be offered with an estimate of £20,000-£30,000. A Beatles dress, worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of A Hard Days Night which was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Brian Epstein, will be sold in the same sale with estimates of £10,000-£15,000.

Many iconic names in rock and pop have played in The Netherlands venues. Were you there? Did you manage to meet the stars and get posters or autographs? If so, they could be worth more than you think, so why not come and discover their value.
To avoid queues appointments can be made in advance by contacting the Bonhams Amsterdam office on:
Tel: +31 20 670 9701

For further information and images call Saskia Simonis on +31 (0) 20 670 9701, or email or


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