6th August marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles debut concert in The Channel Islands. To commemorate the occasion Tracks Ltd, the world’s leading experts in Beatles and rock n roll memorabilia, are inviting members of the public to contact us regarding their items of Beatles and rock n roll memorabilia for a free valuation.
A Brief History Of The Beatles performances In The Channel Islands
- 6th & 7th August 1963 – Springfield Ballroom, Jersey. The first two of four nights in Jersey, promoted by John Smith.
- 8th August 1963 – Candie Gardens Auditorium, Guernsey. The Beatles made the 30-mile journey across from Jersey to Guernsey in a 12-seater plane while their equipment was transported by ferry.
- 9th & 10th August 1963 – Springfield Ballroom, Jersey. Back to Jersey for the last two nights of their Channel Islands engagement.
The Rolling Stones also performed at the Springfield Ballroom in Jersey and the New Theatre Ballroom in Guernsey in August 1964.
An Overview of Music Memorabilia:
We are inviting members of the public to contact us with any pop music memorabilia (concert posters, flyers, programs, tickets, signatures, magazines, personal possessions, negatives, lyrics etc) for a free valuation. Our service is an opportunity for people to have an item of memorabilia that they own appraised. Sometimes people want to know the history of the items they have had stored in their attics for the last 30 or 40 years. What is it? Where was it made? How many were made? Is it real or fake? And most important of all…what is it worth?! These are some of the most commonly asked questions we hear.
All of the bands and artists left behind a plethora of superb mementos from their visits to The Channel Islands and most of this material has risen steadily in value over the last 20 years. The last five years has seen a significant increase in the price of Beatles memorabilia, in particular. Although the rise doesn’t apply to all types of Beatles items, there has been a substantial increase in the value of specific types of Fab Four ephemera, mostly notably signatures, concert posters, some novelty items and certain albums. Most of the items in these categories have doubled in value in the past 5 years.
A Beatles concert poster from The Channel Islands in decent condition could now bring £4000 to £5000 (or £8,000+ for one measuring 30 inches x 40 inches), compared with £2000 five years ago, a small ticket stub £80, a larger, more elaborate one such as those that were issued in 1962 or early 1963 would bring around £150 (more than quadruple this if it were complete). Beatles programmes bring between £25 and £35, with handbills realising between £300 and £500.
Beatles signatures have risen the most dramatically in price out of the whole range of pop of all types of memorabilia. The group’s autographs have risen steadily and in some cases quadrupled depending on the nature and condition of the items. For example, a set of 4 Beatles signatures on one page from an autograph album would now bring £2,000 – £2,500 (compared with £1,000 five years ago), But prices have risen most significantly in respect of signed albums, singles, photos and programmes. A signed copy of the Please Please Me LP could bring between £6,000 and £10,000 depending on condition. Signed copies of The Beatles first single bring around £8,000. An 8” x 10” photo signed on the front could realise around £5,000 (£2,000 – £2,500 if signed on the reverse) and a signed programme is worth around £3,000 – £4,000). These prices are double what they were five years ago. But the most sought after album is a copy of Sgt. Peppers that has been signed by all four Beatles on the gatefold of the sleeve, a signed copy of this album can command a price of £60,000 upwards plus whereas five years ago it was worth around £25,000.
An increasing important factor in determining the value and desirability of any type of memorabilia is condition. Collectors are becoming increasingly choosy about the condition of the items they decide to purchase in the knowledge that it is this consideration which will have a crucial long term affect on the value of their collections. Items in moderate or poor condition are becoming more difficult to sell and will not gain significantly in value over time no matter how scarce they are. But the price of rare items in excellent condition can only go one way.
In sum, it is the price of memorabilia of The Beatles which has tended to out strip that of all of the other artists and groups of the last 50 years. Within the specific sphere of Beatles memorabilia it is certain types of memorabilia:- written material, signatures, lyrics, stage clothing, concert posters and personal items which are rising most steadily in value.
The value of other types of memorabilia not related to The Beatles has also risen as collectors and the public in general are becoming more interested in the field of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. Much of this interest stems from the fact that pop memorabilia in general is seen as a good investment particularly in view of both the fall in share prices over the last 3 years combined with sustained low interest rates. But the fascination with pop memorabilia also emanates from the fact that rock ‘n’ roll music, artists and bands have played a significant part in many people’s lives both during their teenage and adult years. For many people collecting memorabilia is a way of preserving memories of concerts and remembering their idols. In addition many of the pop posters from the 60s and 70s are now seen to have considerable artistic merit.
However, the rise in price of non-Beatles memorabilia has been restricted to material relating to a small number of groups and artists, most notably The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd The Who and Bob Marley. Handbills, posters and tickets relating to these artists have more than doubled in the last five years. A rare poster from a 60s Stones concert would be worth around £2,000 to £3,000, handbills around £400 and ticket stubs £25. The value of similar concert items relating to Led Zeppelin has risen significantly, with them selling much more quickly than 5 years ago. But anyone lucky enough to have obtained a concert poster for a Jimi Hendrix performance would possess an extremely valuable item, probably worth £1,500. The signatures of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd have also doubled in the last 5 years. Again many of the prices quoted above are double what they were 5 years ago. Although these groups are the cream of the crop the memorabilia of every artist and group has a value, from punk to jazz memorabilia everything has a value!
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