Fifty previously unpublished photographs of the first Beatles concert in the United States in 1964 were sold for over $ 360,000 at an auction at Rockefeller Plaza New York, said the auction house Christie’s on Wednesday.
The 46 shots in black and white works of photographer Mike Mitchell, then barely 18 years old, left for exact amount of 361,938 dollars, according to a connection communication Christie hoped that get that 100.OOO dollars.
The photograph showing the most coveted Beatles back their silhouettes set against a background of light has been awarded 68,500 dollars.
Mitchell’s photographs have fixed on film the exact moment of the explosion of “Beatlemania” in the U.S. during their first concert, February 11, 1964 at the Washington Coliseum 8.OOO people attended.
That day, the “Four Day’s Night”, virtually unknown in the United States two months earlier, broke the biggest music market in the world.
According to Christie’s, ” this concert will remain a very important event in the history of the Beatles and Mike Mitchell was there to seize it.”
The benefits of this first visit to the United States were impressive: in April 1964, the first five songs of the charts Billboard “Hot 100″ were the Beatles and their two available disks were No.1 and No.2 ranking.