Rare Beatles photos to be auctioned

  • Rare and unpublished early color photographs of The Beatles while on tour are to be sold at auction.

    The pictures were taken during the British band’s summer visit to the U.S. in 1964, when most early photos and films of the band were in black and white.

    At the time, color was more expensive and seen as too high a cost for a pop group that many saw as a passing fad.

    The collection of 65 slides contains stage shots as well as close-up portraits from a Las Vegas press conference and gig.

    The photos were taken by Dr Robert "Bob" Beck, an award-winning research physicist and inventor, who died in 2002. He left them in an archive of photographs and slides in his Hollywood home.

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