In 1964, the United States had their first taste of rock music from The Beatles, the British sensation that was quickly taking the world by storm. Nearly 50 years after the historic US concert, Christie's will put on auction some never-before-seen snapshots of the British Invasion.
Just two days after they had their first American TV appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Beatles had their first US concert on February 11, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum. Not only was it history in the making, but also a defining moment in the band’s career as it was by far the biggest venue they had ever played. Mike Mitchell, then a young photographer of 18, was given a press pass to document the important event. However, his photographs would remain filed away in his basement for nearly 50 years.
On July 20, Mitchell’s never-been-seen photographs of The Beatles will be put on auction at Christie’s in New York. Entitled The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell, the complete collection is comprised of almost 50 lots of unpublished black-and-white photographs from the first US visit of The Beatles, and is expected to reach the $100,000 range.
Here’s a preview of Mitchell’s rediscovered collection:
Sources and additional readings:
The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell on Christie’s
Unpublished Beatles photos revealed on PhotoBlog – MSNBC