Signed Beatles Postcard, Vulgar Jim Morrison Comic Up for Auction
Several pieces of autographed Beatles memorabilia, including a postcard signed by all four members during their stay in Miami Beach while filming an appearance for the Ed Sullivan Show, are up for auction via Lelands.
The postcard from 1964 is currently priced at over $12,500 and was signed during the group’s stay at the Deauville Hotel, a picture of which is featured on the front side. The Beatles taped their second Ed Sullivan Show set in the hotel’s Napoleon Ballroom a week after their iconic New York City debut.
Another lot boasts three Apple Records bank checks signed by John Lennon (undated), George Harrison (dated 1971) and Ringo Starr (1972). While there’s no check signed by Paul McCartney, the lot does include a secretarial signed guitar.
Lelands is also advertising a handful of other unique Beatles lots, including a vintage Ludwig drum set designed exactly like Starr’s (starting price $1,500) and an unused ticket for a 1965 Beatles gig in Portland, Oregon. The ticket — currently priced at $1,100 — reportedly belonged to a girl whose religious mother forbade her from attending the show; the ticket was confiscated and kept in the family Bible in order to ward off evil spirits.
Among the other notable items currently up for auction are unpublished original negatives of the Who taken at a 1965 gig (starting price, $1,000); a sharp, rhinestone-studded suit James Brown wore onstage ($1,000); and a vulgar, bootleg “Peanuts” comic strip drawn by Jim Morrison. The strip finds Morrison warping Charles M. Schulz’s beloved characters into twisted horn dogs: In one vignette, Lucy and Charlie Brown barter for sex, while in another, Linus declares, “I think I got syphilis from that whore down the street.”
Lelands’ entire rock and roll catalog is available to peruse on the auction house’s website.