Rare, Never-Seen Photos of The Beatles from 1964 Sell at Auction for $358K




A photo of The Beatles during a 1964 US press conference was part of $358,000 Beatles auction sale - Photo courtesy Mike Mitchell and Omega
A photo of The Beatles during a 1964 US press conference was part of $358,000 Beatles auction sale - Photo courtesy Mike Mitchell and Omega

Video Interview with Photographer Mike Mitchell

By DONNA BALANCIA

Rare, never-before-seen photographs of The Beatles’ first concerts in the United States were sold Saturday for $358,000 at a U.K. auction house.

Omega Auctions of Newton-Le-Willows announced the sale of the 413 copyrighted negatives at a Beatles auction. They were taken by photographer Mike Mitchell during The Beatles’ performances at the Washington Coliseum Feb. 11, 1964, two days after the Ed Sullivan Show appearance, and at Baltimore Civic Center on Sept. 13, 1964.

Beatles Auction Courtesy Omega/Mike Mitchell
Courtesy Omega/Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell Sells Through Beatles Auction in the UK

At the Baltimore show, the then-18-year-old Mitchell even stepped on stage to take photos. Mitchell said he was “very motivated to come up with stuff that was as unique as could possibly be.”

Beatles Auction courtesy of Mike Mitchell/ Omega
Concert photos of The Beatles 1964 invasion sold through Beatles auction – courtesy of Mike Mitchell/ Omega

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Mitchell also got shots of The Beatles’ arriving at Union Station in Washington, D.C., and also during a pre-concert press conferences.

Beatles Auction courtesy of Mike Mitchell/ Omega
Beatles Auction courtesy of Mike Mitchell/ Omega

In Other Beatles Auction News

In 2011, Mitchell sold off other photos from the same events to Christie’s.

In other Beatles auction news: George Harrison’s 1984 black Mercedes-Benz, was sold to the highest bidder at just over $61,000. A signed hotel register from a night at “The Bull” in Peterborough, which all four musicians signed along with manager Brian Epstein, sold for $14,000.

Mitchell Recalls The 1964 Beatles and Photography

Mitchell said he was driving in suburban Washington, D.C. with his mother when on the radio came music of The Beatles. He knew he had to go see the band. Miraculously he got a press credential.

Mitchell said that if it were not for modern technology of the last 10 years, the photos — and in particular the “iconic” Beatles photo — might never have been seen.

The Beatles by Mike Mitchell
The Beatles by Mike Mitchell

Mitchell he didn’t have “flash gun,” and had to shoot the concerts working on ambient lighting. It always remained his style, he said.

“People say to me ‘I like the way you use light,'” Mitchell said. “And I have come to be able to say ‘I like the way light uses me,’ because I think that’s what’s going on.”

Video courtesy of Omega Auctions UK