NEW YORK – Sunday night, February 9th, 1964, the Ed Sullivan Show: the beginning of Beatlemania and The British Invasion…a night that made entertainment history and helped to reshape popular culture.
50 years later, a piece of the backdrop from that show–signed by all 4 Beatles and adorned with individual drawings from each member of the band–is heading to auction at Heritage Auctions on April 26.
“There is no more important band in rock and roll than The Beatles and there was no moment more important in solidifying their worldwide popularity than the moment they played Ed Sullivan on Feb. 9, 1964,” said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.
The piece, measuring more than 48-inches long and 16-inches across, comes out of the collection of voice over artist Andy Geller, one of the most recognizable voices in all of television. “Holy Grail is a term bandied about in memorabilia circles far too much,” said Shrum, “but in this case, it’s hard to argue with the designation. This thing really is the Holy Grail of Beatles memorabilia. It’s simply the best Beatles-signed piece there is.”