Guitar Aficionado

Beatles Memorabilia Worth Half a Million Goes On Sale

Rockaway Records sells off vintage collectibles and offers contest to win a Beatles rarity.

By Christopher Scapelliti

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Some of the rarest Beatles collectibles of all time have gone on sale, making one big bonanza for collectors of original Fab Four memorabilia.

Rockaway Records in Los Angeles has acquired half a million dollars worth of Beatles collectibles, which are available for sale at its retail store and online. The store is one of the world's leading exchanges of music memorabilia.

The items include original concert tickets, vintage Beatles dolls, and wallets, purses, lamps, and other trinkets from the Sixties emblazoned with the group’s name or likeness.

And if a copy of the 1966 “Butcher” cover for Yesterday and Today doesn’t thrill you, Rockaway has plenty of other collectibles that probably will. For $10,000, you can purchase a set of Goebel figurines from 1968 that depict all four Beatles characters from the Yellow Submarine. Or how about a bottle of Beatles shampoo from 1964 with slightly less than half the original shampoo still in it. “This is probably one of the rarest Beatles memorabilia items made,” notes store co-owner Wayne Johnson.

In honor of the Beatles' 50th anniversary celebration this year, Rockaway is offering an online contest through February. Top prize is an original unused Beatles Shea Stadium concert ticket from August 23, 1966, complete with certificate of authenticity from concert promoter Sid Bernstein. Second prize is a copy of the recently released Beatles box set The U.S. Albums. To enter, “like" Rockaway's Facebook page and instantly be entered to win one of two prizes.