Michael Frost, (P.A.A.S) has authenticated "The Most Historic Beatles Autographed Item."
Michael Frost & P.A.A.S. + REAL have authenticated The
1964 Beatles Signed Ed Sullivan Show Contracts;
Roger Epperson Authentication
Ltd. (REAL) and Michael Frost, Professional Autograph Authentication Services
Inc. (P.A.A.S) have authenticated The Most Historic Beatles autographed
offered at auction.
" The 1964 Signed Ed Sullivan Show Contracts - 4
Separate Contracts John W. Lennon, JP McCartney (Paul McCartney), Richard Starky
(Ringo Starr) and George Harrison and the original contract that was signed by
Epstein and Robert H. Precht , Ed Sullivan
We love them, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Beatlemania in the United
States had its start on February 7, 1964. It was a seemingly normal day as the
Pan Am Yankee Clipper flight took off from London’s Heathrow with The Beatles in
tow ready for their first visit to the United States. After the jaunt across the
pond, they arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City with quite an
introduction. They were met with a near riot as 3,000 teary-eyed and
hysterically screaming fans strained for just a glimpse. Dressed in mod-suits
and sporting their trademark pudding bowl haircuts, the Fab Four did their
famous press conference at JFK for their eager listeners.
Ed Sullivan Contract
did they know that the JFK arrival was just the beginning of Beatlemania. Two
short days later, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison
were ready for their real introduction to all of America on the beloved Ed
Sullivan Show. An estimated 40% of the U.S. population (73 million), tuned in to
watch the performance muffled by the screams of teenage girls in the studio
audience. This performance on the Ed Sullivan Show was their true arrival into
the iconic adventure of American music and pop culture history.
Ed Sullivan Contract
what was the engine behind the scenes that actually made it happen?
answer is presented here in this very offering. It is the contract that put
into motion and finalized their commitment to the Ed Sullivan Show. This
particular agreement would have been on file with the show’s production company.
It was basically, a deduction of dues agreement to the AFL-CIO and it was signed
for the producer of the show Robert Precht by each member.
before has any contract or document surfaced with their full name handwritten
signatures disclosing the details of the Ed Sullivan performance. And here it
yes that’s right, it is important to note that they are signed formally with
their full names as any contractual document would be. They signed, J. W. Lennon
(John Winston Lennon), J.P. McCartney (James Paul McCartney), George Harrison
and Richard Starky (Ringo Starr). Any Richard Starky signature alone makes this
a tremendously impossible find.
Ed Sullivan Contract
owner was inspired by the 50th Anniversary
of the Ed Sullivan Show and a recent 1960s CNN documentary to bring these
contractual documents to the public light.
the magnitude of the documents importance, it was necessary to get renowned
autograph authenticators Roger Epperson '"Real" and Michael Frost "P.A.A.S." to
examine and authenticate these historic documents. “The autographs being fully
hand written, “J. W. Lennon (John Winston Lennon), J.P. McCartney (James Paul
McCartney), George Harrison and Richard Starky (Ringo Starr) would fetch mid to
high six figures. These particular signatures are binding the Beatles to the
1964 Ed Sullivan show on a formal document and contract. There’s no telling what
price a collector would pay for them.”
9×6 document reads :
Robert Precht, I hereby assign to the New York Local of the American Federation
of the Television and Radio Artists (AFL-CIO), from any fees earned or to be
earned by me as your employee in connection with your program entitled Ed
Sullivan Show for the week ending in 2/9/64, the sum of Two hundred seven
dollars and .50 cents $207.50 on account of initiation fee and or membership
dues as shall be required by my membership in said Union. I authorize and
direct you to deduct such amount from the fees due me and to remit the same to
the Union. Very truly yours, –”
Release was created the day before the Beatles arrived in America which was
February 6, 1964. The Beatles arrived on the 7th, and when they came into the
Ed Sullivan Theatre, it was there that they signed these documents.
the original Contract signed by Epstein, provisions and rules are very prevalent
as to how the contracts must be completed and written in order to ensure they
were following the union guidelines. This is another reason that the Ed
Sullivan Release is so significant.
Each and every part of the documents had to
be carefully executed in order to get the Beatles on stage.
be offered in this auction;., Offered is the original contract that was signed by Epstein and
Robert H. Precht, Ed Sullivan Producer, on November 18, 1963. Brian
Epstein was the manager for the Beatles and was the one who contracted the deal
for the Beatles to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The 8.5 x 11 contract for the
Beatles was sent back and forth from NY to England to make sure that all the
provisions were correct. Some corrections needed to be made in regards to the
Beatles “Billing” for the show, so they had to VOID this contract once the
provisions were corrected. Hence, the reason for the word “Void” written in the
right hand corner in blue ball point. The Beatles were paid $3,500 to be
divided among the four band members, plus airfare. Not a bad deal for the Fab
1964 Original Ed Sullivan Contract For the Beatles -Signed by Brian
Included with the original contract, other correspondence letters are
1. December 1963 Confirmation of Contracts to Brian Epstein-Stating the
Beatles to have Top Star Billing-2 Page Letter-requesting to revise the
2. Jack Babb CBS Letter stating that NEMS Enterprises was going to be
filming the concert in Washington DC for TV purposes, Dated February 14.
3. Mr. Bernard Stebel, Letter confirming rights to Closed Circuit
filming between 7 Arts Productions and or NEMS.
These historic pieces of autographed memorabilia have been personally
examined and authenticated by Michael Frost of P.A.A.S. and Roger Epperson of