A series of never before seen photographs of the Beatles first ever concert tour of the United States in 1964 is to go under the hammer at Christie’s in New York.
Photographer Mike Mitchell, then just 18, took the snaps as the Fab Four arrived at Union Station in Washington DC, he then recorded a news conference and the concert itself.
A number of the 46 photos are priced at between 700 and 4,200 euros.
Cathy Elkies, Christie’s Director of Iconic Collections, said: “We made them really quite affordable, because I think the opportunity here is for everybody to own a little piece of this really wondrous collection, so the prices are reasonable. I think some things will sell within estimate, I think other things will sell well above.”
The photographs were hidden in a basement for close to half a century. The sale, titled ‘The Beatles Illuminated’: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell’, is expected to raise close to 70,000 euros at the auction at Christie’s Rockefeller Plaza in the Big Apple.