Thursday, 20 November 2014


Microphones used by the rockers at the Cavern Club, an unmade film script set to star the group and a number of signed items will also go under the hammer on 6 December (14) in Dallas, Texas.

At Heritage Auctions, Dec. 6, three Cavern Club stage-used microphones and stands, dated to the early 1960s, expected to bring $5,000+ each; joined by the portable reel to reel tape recorder used by Kingsize Taylor to record The Beatles' infamous LIVE! At The Star-Club Hamburg 1962 album

Three Reslo microphones, along with their stands, that were used by The Beatles — along with a host of important early British rock n' roll acts — at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool will form the centerpiece of an exceptional grouping of Beatles and Beatles-related memorabilia in Heritage Auctions' Dec. 6-8 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction. The microphones are estimated at $5,000+ each and will be offered individually.

"If only these microphones could play back for us the music they helped create in those early days," said Garry Shrum, Music Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions. "Talk about a piece of material culture that bore witness to greatness. The Beatles became The Beatles while singing into these mics."

The Beatles gave more live performances at the Cavern Club than at any other venue — 292 to be exact. It was at the underground club on Mathew Street that the group perfected their stage presence over hundreds of hours spent on stage. The group often used the club as a rehearsal space as well, working through many of their early compositions. Nearly every photo of the Beatles at the Cavern shows the group with Reslo microphones on stage.

In addition to the Beatles, many of the other Merseyside groups from the era used the Cavern Club's microphones: Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Big Three, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and many more. The microphones were in the possession of Mal Jefferson, a sound engineer and bassist for the Mastersounds (the group that assumed the Beatles' Cavern residency in 1963). They have been in Jefferson's possession from the 1960s until earlier this year, when they were sold to the present owner.

Another key piece of early Beatles history being offered comes from Kingsize Taylor himself in the form of the Phillips tape recorder he used to make the recording which was ultimately released as The Beatles LIVE! At the Star-Club, Hamburg 1962 (estimate: $6,000+). The album is a Beatle fan favorite, as it captured the group's famous high-energy early stage show, and was the first live Beatles album ever released. Included is a vintage reel copy of the edited Star-Club tape which Taylor subsequently presented to Brian Epstein, and the Grundig recorder on which he made the transfer.

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