In 1964, the year the Beatles first visited America, Jimmy was 14 and his brother Mike was 12 years old. When they heard the band was staying at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, he wrote to the restaurant’s Maître D, and asked for the Beatles’ autographs. To the brothers’ delight, a package arrived with a room service menu signed by John Lennon and a publicity photo signed by Ringo Starr. Jimmy and Mike have cherished these autographs their entire lives.
If the autographs are authentic they could be valuable. A John Lennon autograph can sell for between $1000 and $100,000. History Detectives host Tukufu Zuberi takes on the challenge of determining whether these autographs are genuine or forged.
- Also in Season 10 1775 Almanac What do these crumbling pages reveal about divided loyalties during the American Revolution?
- Also in Season 10 Nazi Spy Toys Did a Nazi spy buy these toy soldiers?
- Also in Season 10 Bootlegger's Notebook Does this book belong to a Prohibition era bootlegger?
- Also in Vietnam Era: 1960-1980 Satelloon Could this three-inch square of metallic material be part of America's first satellite program?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi 1856 Mormon Tale Is this tattered book a true account of female slavery in the old West?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Pop Lloyd Baseball Field Why was this baseball field named after an African-American ballplayer in a time of racial tension?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.