Omega Auctions in the UK is holding an auction of rare Beatles memorabilia on March 22 which include an incredible collection of 65 rare color slides of the Beatles taken during their first American tour in 1964, the UK Telegraph reported Sunday.
The color photographs were taken by Dr Robert C “Bob” Beck, an award-winning research physicist and inventor who invented and patented the low voltage electronic flash as a young university student. Beck died in 2002 at age 77.
Beck worked as a physicist on several government and NASA classified projects, including one to measure extra low-frequency signals circling the globe, according to Omega Auctions. He later went on to apply his knowledge to health research, in particular “blood electrification”, a simple electronic therapy that was discovered to stop the replication of the virus that causes AIDS. According to Rense.com, “Many thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of people, worldwide, have benefited enormously from the use of ‘blood electrification’ due to the lecturing efforts of Robert C. Beck.”
The auction house says the photographs were discovered among a huge archive of photographs/slides in one of his Hollywood homes where they had been stored since the mid sixties. (See an assortment of Beck’s shots in the slide show.)
The collection includes many stage shots and close up portraits in color and covers the Las Vegas Sahara Hotel press conference and Las Vegas Convention Center performance both on Aug. 20, 1964 and photos from a private party at then Capitol Records President Alan Livingston’s Beverly Hills mansion and the Cinnamon Cinder press conference on Aug. 23. The collection also includes shots from the Hollywood Bowl performance that evening.
A single photograph has been printed of each slide for ease of viewing. Each slide will be sold with the printed photograph and full copyright, the auction house says. The auction is to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ first album “Please Please Me,” Omega Auctions says.
“This is a fabulous collection, particularly given that all the slides are in color, which is incredibly rare for this time period. We are expecting worldwide interest and estimate that they will achieve in the region of £10,000 – £15,000, ($16,031 – $24,046 USD)” said auctioneer Paul Fairweather.
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