Rare Beatles-Signed Movie Ticket Breaks Auction House Record

An historic ticket for the premiere of the first Beatles film “A Hard Day’s Night” signed by the Fab Four has sold at auction for $8,200.┬áThe ticket — previously owned by a chef at the exclusive Dorchester Hotel in London — beat the previous record of $6,300 for signed Beatles memorabilia at Stacey’s Auctioneers and Valuers in England.

The Beatles autographed movie ticket
The Beatles autographed movie ticket. (credit: Stacy’s Auctioneers and Valuers)

An anonymous, United Kingdom-based private collector snatched up the ticket for the premiere at the London Pavillion theater at Picadilly Circus.

The exclusive ticket is for the Royal World Premiere of “A Hard Day’s Night” — The Beatles’ first feature film — on Monday, July 6, 1964.

Text on the ticket informs the attendee that the premiere would be “in the gracious presence of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret and The Earl of Snowdon to aid The Dockland Settlements and The Variety Club Heart Fund.”

Despite the ticket costing a mere $1.25 at the time, the signatures of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr saw it sell at auction for thousands of dollars.

It beat the previous record sale of a piece of Beatles memorabilia at Stacey’s Auctioneers when a collector paid $6,300 for a signed photograph of the band gifted to the manager of Southend’s Odeon during their 1963 sellout tour.

The Beatles autographed movie ticket
The Beatles autographed movie ticket. (credit: Stacey’s Auctioneers and Valuers)

Auctioneer Rob Smee said the sale proved how highly sought-after Beatles memorabilia still is.

“When memorabilia of the Beatles comes to market with good provenance it always creates strong interest,” says Smee. “This was no exception, with phone bids and worldwide internet bidding.”

SNWS reporter James Gamble contributed to this report.

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