A fully signed copy of the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album is causing quite a stir at RR Auction's current sale.
The album, only the fifth "Pepper" long player to have emerged signed by all four members, is presently selling for $110,002 ahead of the auction's January 15 close.
The album's original owner acquired the autographs when the Fab Four visited the Atlantic Hotel, in Newquay, UK in September 1967, where he was working as a porter.
"I remember having to get George's at a later day, as he wasn't present when Paul, Ringo, and John signed," he writes in a letter of authenticity from 1985, ahead of the album's auction at Sotheby's that year.
George's initial absence explains why he signed in black felt tip, while the others used ballpoint.
Importantly for buyers, the album is also accompanied by a letter of authenticity from respected Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo.
Will the LP beat the $290,500 Beatles signed album record posted by another Sgt Pepper's copy earlier this year? That example was also a mono disc and it too was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Caiazzo. We feel the present record holder's slightly crisper autographs from Paul and George than the current auction lot will keep it out in front.
There are an estimated 125 fully signed Beatles albums in existence. If you're in the market for one, consider this signed copy of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. It is one of just 8-10 known to exist, and available at far less than the Sgt Pepper's item.