Signed Beatles Program, ca. 1963

Value (2012) | $15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I grew up in Pennsylvania, and in the wintertime there wasn't much to do, so I used to write letters to, like, actresses and actors and I got autographs. Well, I had a pen pal from England. Her brother was in a band in Liverpool, and they had known the Beatles. And she said that if she ever got to meet them, she would try to get an autograph for me. So this is what she sent me.

APPRAISER:
What was your friend's name?

GUEST:
Her name was Puddy, P-U-D-D-Y.

APPRAISER:
And when you look at the program here, it is from the Beatles show. We see a lot of Beatles autographs here on the Roadshow, and I would say 99 out of 100 are never authentic. When I looked at this, I looked at it carefully and consulted with a couple of the other appraisers on the show and we all concurred that these were 100% authentic signatures.

GUEST:
Oh!

APPRAISER:
They're signed on the front here. You have John Lennon, Paul signed his first name, you have Ringo and George. Now we're going to open it up-- and if you would just grab the back part of that and I'm going to hold this-- you have signatures again here, Ringo, and here, "To Puddy, George Harrison." You have John Lennon and you have Paul McCartney. Now we're going to flip it over again. We'll go to the back side, and once again, you have John Lennon, George, Ringo and Paul. Now, it's pretty amazing to find four authentic Beatles signatures on one piece, let alone three sets. It's remarkable, and I probably am not going too far out on a limb saying this may be the only piece ever signed three times...

GUEST:
Oh, really?

APPRAISER:
...in three complete sets by the Beatles. Your pen pal was a very good friend.

GUEST:
Yeah.

APPRAISER:
Was a very good friend. I don't know if you're still in touch or not...

GUEST:
No, we're not in touch.

APPRAISER:
Well, you might want to try to find her and thank her very much, because it was a pretty generous gift. You know, you do have folding in it, you have a little bit of a crease line that goes up through the Lennon, some taping there. But a very conservative estimate at auction would be $15,000.

GUEST:
Oh, okay.

APPRAISER:
Yeah, and could go much higher. I mean, it's just an incredible piece, super rare, and any Beatles collector would just love to have a piece like this.

GUEST:
Thank you.

APPRAISER:
Thanks so much.

GUEST:
I ought to see if I can find her.

APPRAISER:
That would be nice. It would be nice to get in touch.

GUEST:
Right, I know.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
Philip Weiss Auctions
Lynbrook, NY
Value Update (2012)
$15,000 Auction$20,000 Auction
Appraised value (2007)
$15,000 Auction
Event
Las Vegas, NV (August 18, 2007)
Form
Autograph
Material
Paper
December 17, 2012: We contacted appraiser Phil Weiss for an updated appraisal in today's market.

Current Appraised Value: $15,000 - $20,000 (Increased)

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