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Photos of Beatles at Shea Up for Auction March 22nd

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Photographs from The Beatles' record-breaking  Shea Stadium show are to go under the hammer this month to mark 50 years since  the band released their debut album.

The 61 pictures, taken by amateur  photographer Marc Weinstein, are expected to fetch £15,000 at the sale at Omega  Auctions in Stockport on March 22.

The black and white shots capture the  Liverpudlian four-piece at the peak of Beatlemania as they began a US  tour.

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George Harrison, left, and John Lennon during The Beatles' Shea Stadium show in New York in August 1965. The image, taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, is part of a collection of 61 pictures due be sold at auction later this month

George Harrison, left, and John Lennon during The  Beatles' Shea Stadium show in New York in August 1965. The image, taken by  amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, is part of a collection of 61 pictures due  be sold at auction later this month

The auction on March 22 marks 50 years since the release of the band's first album Please Please Me - including a collection of their Shea Stadium gig

The auction on March 22 marks 50 years since the release  of the band's first album Please Please Me - including a collection of their  Shea Stadium gig

The copyright of these photographs is included in the sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport on March 22

The copyright of these photographs is included in the  sale at Omega Auctions in Stockport on March 22

The 'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein is seen in the foreground looking out at the 55,000-strong crowd at Shea Stadium

The 'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein is seen in the  foreground looking out at the 55,000-strong crowd at Shea Stadium

The August 1965 concert, compered by  television star Ed Sullivan, was one of the world's first big outdoor stadium  gigs - and even the 2,000 security staff couldn't stop the overexcited crowd  charging towards the stage.

Screams from the fans were so loud that the  music could not be heard through the amps - and turning on the stadium's system  used during baseball games didn't help either.

The brief set, consisting of 12 songs in half  an hour, raked in $304,000 - then the biggest grossing event in showbiz  history.

The collection is up for sale alongside rare  Beatles vinyl and memorabilia to mark  half a century to the day since the release of Please Please Me, the band's first album.

The collection of Shea Stadium photographs is expected to fetch £15,000 at a Stockport auction house later this month

The collection of Shea Stadium photographs is expected  to fetch £15,000 at a Stockport auction house later this month

The collection, capturing the world's first outdoor stadium gig on film, shows the band - including this shot of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and John Lennon - at the peak of Beatlemania

The collection, capturing the world's first outdoor  stadium gig on film, shows the band - including this shot of Paul McCartney,  George Harrison, and John Lennon - at the peak of Beatlemania

Ringo Starr behind his drumkit at Shea Stadium in August 1965

Ringo Starr behind his drumkit at Shea Stadium in August  1965

The winning bidder also wins the copyright  for the photographs - so will be free to do whatever they want with  them.

Record  label Parlophone rushed through recording 14 songs for Please Please Me with  producer George Martin after the single of the same name topped the New Musical  Express and Melody Maker charts.

Last year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the  album as the 39th greatest of all time, in its top 500 list.

It also voted I Saw Her Standing There and  the title track into its top 500 greatest songs of all time, at 139th and 184th  respectively. 

The Beatles sing Twist and Shout at Shea Stadium
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The Shea Stadium collection, taken by an amateur photographer, goes under the hammer this month alongside Beatles vinyl and memorabilia

The Shea Stadium collection, taken by an amateur  photographer, goes under the hammer this month alongside Beatles vinyl and  memorabilia

The winner of the auction will also gain the copyright to the images

The winner of the auction will also gain the copyright  to the images

Ringo Starr, pictured in front of the record-breaking 55,000-strong crowd at Shea Stadium, New York

Ringo Starr, pictured in front of the record-breaking  55,000-strong crowd at Shea Stadium, New York

 

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