During the all-too-brief 10-year run of the Beatles, the world received some 200 songs that many of us can still sing and hum. Even greater volumes of Beatles memorabilia was cranked out to capitalize on the band’s extraordinary popularity. Today, many of these items of clothing, tableware, school supplies, trading cards, and jewelry are highly collectible.

Beatles records aside, the crush of memorabilia got serious in 1964. That was the year the Beatles first toured the United States. Brass barrettes for girls and autographed beach hats for boys were among the articles offered to fans. Cloth or vinyl purses and handbags, stamped with autographs and likenesses of the Fab Four, were especially popular.

Even more collectible today are some of the printed dresses from Holland produced in that pivotal year. And the Ringo boots and caps, as well as other "Beatles Authentic Mod Fashions" were designed to bring a bit of Carnaby Street to Smalltown, U.S.A.

For many Beatles collectors, the ephemera and paper associated with a concert is the most important thing. The Beatles did not begin their career in the early 1960s as headliners, which is why artists like Little Richard often appear on the covers of programs published for those events. One tour in 1963 began with the Beatles playing second bill to Roy Orbison, with the program reflecting that hierarchy. Halfway through the tour, though, the billing was switched and new programs were printed to reflect the change.

Other programs of particular interest to collectors of Beatles memorabilia are those for performances at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London in 1963 (where John Lennon made his famous "rattle your jewelry" crack) and Carnegie Hall in 1964.

Tickets and posters for these shows are also collectible. In general, the larger the ticket, the more valuable it is, and tickets with the word "Beatles" on them and a picture of the boys are always worth more than those without.

Very few Beatles shows had posters printed for them in the way we think of concert posters today. An exception to this rule was the poster for what would be the Beatles final live appearance in 1966 at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. With artwork by Wes Wilson, who would go on to design the first 50 or so posters for Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium, this poster was printed in a run that may have been as small as 300, which makes them one of the most sought-after music posters today...

Other types of 1964 Beatles collectibles are the bamboo plates, plastic ashtrays, ceramic candy dishes, and glassware. All were treated as canvases for portraits of the band or individual members. Corkstoppers in the shapes of John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s heads were also manufactured.

Jewelry items such as charm bracelets and necklaces were created to give the legions of screaming female fans a way to show their allegiance to their idols; the boys got cuff links and tie tacks. And then there were the grooming products, from hair gel to pocket combs to talcum powder to bubble bath and shampoo.

Plastic toys and musical instruments were big sellers, and are highly prized today. There were Beatles banjos, Beatles bongo drums, Beatles guitars, and even Beatles guitar strings. Want a pennant for your bedroom? There were dozens to choose from. How about a poster? Today’s collectors can choose the famous shot of the lads posed in a doorway for their London Palladium show in 1963 (although originals of this are difficult to come by) or any of the four psychedelic photos produced in 1968 by Richard Avedon for Look magazine.

In the mid-1960s, school supplies such as lunch boxes and pencils were all the rage, as were "Bobb’n Head" dolls. Revell made models, Topps printed trading cards packed with bubble gum, and several special series of cards were issued to coincide with the release of A Hard Day’s Night.

In fact, Beatles movie memorabilia is almost a category unto itself. In addition to 1964’s A Hard Day’s Night there was Help! in 1965. But the animated Yellow Submarine in 1968 spawned an even greater stream of posters and puzzles, clocks and costumes, stickers and yet more school supplies.

Last, but certainly not least, are the objects associated with membership in the Official Beatles Fan Club. Collectibles include the cards, of course, the 7-inch "flexi-disc" Christmas records, the Booklets and Bulletins, and the photo albums of individual Beatles printed in 1965.

About our sources | Got something to add?

▼ Expand to read the full article ▼

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)



Jesse Barron's collection of Beatles 45s, picture sleeves, magazines, books, and memorabilia. Browse singles and al… [read review or visit site]

Remember Eddie Cochran

Remember Eddie Cochran

Eddie Cochran died in 1960 at the age of 21, but his legacy lives on at Remember Eddie Cochran. The site pays tribu… [read review or visit site]

Fillmore and Avalon Collection

Fillmore and Avalon Collection

Wish you'd visited San Francisco in the late 1960s? Get a quick hit with this comprehensive collection of psychedel… [read review or visit site]



Hey babe, check out this database of over 2,900 Bob Dylan ticket stubs and concert posters, assembled with the help… [read review or visit site]

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Beatles Truly Great Large 1967 Signed Photograph Of John Lennon & Paul MccartneyBeatles Vintage 1964 Vj 581 " Please Please Me " Promotional Picture Sleeve &45!Beatles Ultra Rare Early 1963 Vj " Please Please Me " 498 45!Beatles Orig. Rare 1964 U.s. ' Can't Buy Me Love ' Picture Sleeve!Beatles Ultra Rare 1965 " 4x4 " Ep In Factory Sealed Condition!Beatles Yesterday And Today Capitol Lp Mono Butcher Cover Second StateVintage '64 Photograph The Beatles John Lennon Meets His Double In Scotland RareHuge Classic Rock Lp Lot Beatles Led Zeppelin Pink Floyd Psych Prog The Beatles Origi 1969 Uk Lp Abbey Road Misaligned Apple 33 1/3 1st Press NiceThe Beatles - Please Please Me - Original 1st Uk Black & Gold - Parlophone PmcBeatles Please Please Me 1st Press Uk 45 7 " Red Label Superb Audio.v/g Plus ConBeatles Very Rare 1963 Vj " From Me To You " 522 45! Oval Vj Logo!Beatles " Love Me Do "orig Uk 62 7" Mega Rare Jr Jr Stamped Stickerd Demo The Beatles Original Concert Handbill May 1963 Empire Liverpool.The Beatles - Yellow Submarine - Uk 1st Press Vinyl Lp - Apple Pmc 7070Genesis Publications Songs By George Harrison Volume 1 Mint Beatles SignedThe Beatles Abbey Road Lp 1969 Uk Export Ppcs 7088 Black Yellow ParlophoneThe Beatles White Album Mono First Uk PressingMy Bonnie - The Beatles 1st Press Uk Polydor Scroll 1961 Nh 66833The Beatles: 1+ [cd/2 Blu-ray Audio And Video [limited Edition] Region AllBeatles Rare 1964 " Beatles Beach Boys & The Kingston Trio " Trifold Flexi Nm!1966 The Beatles Yesterday And Today T2553 Butcher Cover (bad Peel)Rare Beatles Butcher Cover Album "yesterday And Today" With VinylBeatles Orig. 1963 Uk ' With The Beatles ' Mono Lp! 1st Issue! Promo Example Nm-Super Rare *the Beatles Vs Four Seasons* Stereo Dxs 30 Original Lp Vinyl RecordWith The Beatles~orig 1986 Factory Sealed Mobile Fidelity Mfsl Audiophile Lp!!Revell Model Kit The Beatles John Lennon 1964 With Box Partialy PaintedBeatles White Album - Mono, Rare Low Number 0007226Beatles Rare 1964 Beatles Color Bubble Gum Cards Rack Pack Sealed W Header Card!Beatles 64 U.s. John Lennon ' In His Own Write ' Hard Cover Book First Print Nm!Rolling Stones 45 Not Fade Away B/w I Wanna Be Your Man London Promo BeatlesLot Of 34 Records Lps Beatles Pink Floyd Aerosmith The Who Janis Joplin EaglesCry For A Shadow - The Beatles Uk Orange Scroll Polydor Nh 52275 Feb 1964Beatles 1964 ' A Hard Days Night Bubble Gum Cards Rack Pack Sealed W Header CardRevell Model Kit The Beatles George Harrison 1964 With BoxThe Beatles Collection Lot Of 8 Albums Lp's 1960's Picture Disc White Album HelpVintage Beatles Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Reel To Reel TapeBeatles - Yesterday And Today Lp - Second State Butcher!! - Mono - Amazing!T-2553 Beatles Butcher(never Peeled)18 X Tmq Paper Inserts Only Rolling Stones Beatles Led Zeppelin Who Tmoq StoutThe Beatles: 1+ [cd/2 Blu-ray Audio And Video [limited Edition] Region AllBeatles Lot Of 32 Lps Mfsl Sgt.pepper White Vinyl White Album Mono Ram ButcherBeatles 05 1st Ed., 1st Print ' Loving John ' Hc Book Signed By Cynthia Lennon!Introducing The Beatles Sealed Authentic Vee Jay Mono Lp1062The Beatles~introducing~authentic Vee Jay "ad Back" - Cover Only - No LpThe Beatles Ted Baker ‘chesterfield' Overcoat Men’s Nwt Sz 40r Gray Wool $799The Beatles - 7 Lps Mono First Presses Rubber Soul Etc + Numbered White Album.The Beatles White Album 2x Lp Australia W Poster & Photos Excondition !!The Beatles - Yesterday And Today (butcher Cover - Unpeeled) - Stereo16mm Feature The Beatles Yellow Submarine Movie Film 1969 Cartoon John LennonBeatles 1964 Beatles Cloth Clutch Purse With Hang Tag! Blue VersionBeatles Very Rare 1978 " I'll Cry Instead " Purple Label W ' Mfd ' Print! Oss NmThe Beatles Official Fan Club Christmas Record 1963 +letter Newsletter 1964Paul Mccartney Signed Autographed Lefty Hofner Bass Guitar Beatles Rare Psa 1991 Original Beatles Figure Set With Instruments Apple Corps. LimitedStrange Tales 111-168 Lot Of 48 2nd Dr Strange Movie N. Fury 112 113 130 BeatlesThe Beatles 'ep Collection' Box Set 15 X 7"single Collection 1981 14 SinglesBeatles Orig. Rare 1965 Uk & U.s. Christmas Flexi 7" Record W Cover & Flier!Lot Of 10 Lp's Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Doors, Dylan, StonesCry For A Shadow - The Beatles Rare Usa Red Picture Sleeve Mgm K13227 1964

Recent News: Beatles Memorabilia

Source: Google News

Ringo Starr auctioning first pressing of 'White Album,' other Beatles ...
Los Angeles Times, November 25th

Darren Julien has handled estate and memorabilia sales for the likes of Cher, Barbra Streisand, U2 — even the staggering Neverland Ranch/Michael Jackson auction that required five catalogs. Yet, even the founder of Beverly Hills' venerable Julien's ...Read more

Rich Men Make More When They're Married
WealthManagement.com (blog), November 25th

In fact, Madonna's autograph has already almost tripled in value, from almost $400 in 2000 to $1,060 in 2015, according to the autograph index. Serious collectors can buy some Beatles memorabilia next month when drummer Ringo Starr and his wife put ...Read more

Ringo Starr is auctioning an incredible collection of Beatles Memorabilia ...
Eastern Mirror, November 23rd

We've seen all sorts of Beatles-related memorabilia fetch top dollar at auction over the years, and next month, Ringo Starr is getting in on the action with a heaping helping of strange and wonderful items from his own personal collection. Starr is...Read more

Ringo Starr Auction
Ultimate Classic Rock, November 23rd

Ringo Starr Is Auctioning an Incredible Collection of Beatles Memorabilia, Including His 'White Album' No. 0000001. By Jeff Giles November 23, 2015 10:08 AM. SHARE · TWEET · EMAIL · EMAIL · REDDIT ...Read more

Here's your chance to own a piece of music history as Ringo Starr auctions off ...
Malay Mail Online, November 21st

LOS ANGELES, Nov 21 — Ringo Starr is set to auction off some his personal belongings, including iconic Beatles memorabilia, and the former Beatle showed off a few of the items at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. One of the highlights of...Read more

Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay Buys Ringo's Drum for $2.1 Million
Breitbart News, November 11th

The bass drum adds to an already impressive collection of high-dollar Beatles memorabilia as Isray owns three guitars once owned by members of the band. The Colts owner already has an orange 1963 Gretsch hollow-bodied model once owned by Lennon...Read more

Colts owner Jim Irsay spent $2.125 million on a Beatles drum head
Washington Post, November 10th

So Jim Irsay likes Beatles memorabilia, a point hammered home Saturday when he ponied up $2.125 million at auction on the bass drum head used by Ringo Starr during the band's 1964 performances in the United States. You probably recognize Irsay's ...Read more

John Lennon's stolen guitar, The Beatles drum head each sell for more than $2 ...
New York Daily News, November 8th

"I knew it would go over $1 million. I had no idea it would go over $2 million." Beatles memorabilia expert Andy Babiuk, who wrote a reference book called "Beatles Gear" in 2002, called the instrument Lennon's most important guitar in the band's early...Read more