AN ANTIQUES Roadshow guest gasped ‘I need to tell my insurer!’ after he learned the jaw-dropping truth behind some Beatles memorabilia.
In a classic episode of the BBC show expert Paul Atterbury met a man who had a wealth of items relating to the famous Liverpudlian band.
An Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked to learn the value of some Beatles memorabilia
The guest had brought in a whole array of items about the Liverpudlian band
He said: “Here we have, rather unexpectedly, clearly a Beatles story but it’s something with a difference, isn’t it? Where does it begin?”
The guest explained he was the headmaster at Stowe School, which owned the collection.
He said: “It begins in the Cavern Club back in Liverpool and an old Stowe called David Moores, who was 17-years-old.
“He’d heard about The Beatles playing in his local town, went to the Cavern Club and thought, ‘This is a band I’d like some of my friends to hear’.
“He had the initiative to write to their manager Brian Epstein, aged 17, and invite The Beatles to come and play at Stowe.
“So, this is the beginning of a correspondence that we’ve got.”
Paul replied: “So, this is the documentation of that gig?”
When the guest confirmed it was, he added: “It’s a very, very rare collection of materials. It’s got the contract, it’s got a photograph of the gig, it’s the whole history of it, isn’t it?”
As well as the paperwork, there were sculptures of the four band members and the guest explained they had been made by a former pupil at the school, famous British sculptor David Wynne.
Paul then said: “Now, we’re looking at a lot of stuff and a lot of very important things.
“This is a great archive”
“I’m only going to give you a global value because I think breaking it down to bits and pieces is unhelpful.
“This is a great archive, it’s a great range of material. You’ve got to be looking at least £50,000.
“Probably between £50,000 and £100,000 because of the intricacy, the rarity, and of course the sculptural quality of the things involved.”
The guest was taken aback and said: “Oh, I’ll have to tell our insurers that.”
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