Cash in the attic after Beatles visit

IT'S 45 years since The Beatles first visited Ipswich and today a pop memorabilia specialists are asking for people to check their attics and cupboards.

IT'S 45 years since The Beatles first visited Ipswich and today a pop memorabilia specialists are asking for people to check their attics and cupboards.

Tracks, dealers and valuers of Beatles and rare pop memorabilia, are holding a valuation day at The Novotel Hotel, Grey Friars Road, Ipswich on Sunday February 3 from 10am to 4pm.

Jason Cornthwaite, of Tracks said: “We are inviting members of the public to bring along any pop music memorabilia like concert posters, flyers, programs, tickets, signatures, magazines, personal possessions, negatives, and lyrics for a free valuation.

“We will be purchasing selected items on the day. We have been holding these valuation days in all the major cities and towns in the UK and Europe over the last 10 years.

“They are an opportunity for people to bring in music memorabilia that they own and have it appraised. Sometimes people want to know the history of the items they have had stored in their attics for the last 30 or 40 years.”

Mr Cornthwaite said memorabilia is rising in value, particularly relating to the fab four who first appeared at the Ipswich Gaumont theatre in May 1963.

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He said: “A Beatles concert poster from in decent condition could now bring up to £5,000, compared with £2,000 five years ago, a small ticket stub £25, a larger, more elaborate one such as those that were issued in 1962 or early 1963 would bring around £150 (more than double this if it were complete). Beatles programmes bring between £25 and £35, with handbills realising between £300 and £500.

“All of the bands and artists left behind a plethora of superb mementos from their visits to Ipswich and surrounding areas, most of this material has risen steadily in value over the last 20 years.”

Did you see The Beatles in Ipswich? Have you got some rare memorabilia? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

Beatles

Signatures - On one page are valued at up to £2000, photographs signed on the image and programmes are up £4000. Autographed Beatles record sleeve are priced as follows - Please Please Me and With The Beatles between £6000 and £8000, all other signed Beatles album are priced between £8,000 and £10,000 except for Sgt. Peppers, if you have a copy of Sgt. Peppers signed by all four Beatles on the gatefold it can be worth more than £20,000.

Concert Posters - Up to £5000

Handbills - £300 to £500

Programmes - £25 to £35

Tickets - Around £50

Jimi Hendrix

Signatures - £500 to £700

Concert Posters - Around £1,500

Handbills - £150 to £300

Programmes - Around £50

Tickets - Up to £50

Rolling Stones

Signatures - Up to £200, more on a record, programme or photograph.

Posters - A 1960s Stones concert poster is worth around £3000 whereas a 1970's poster is worth around £200.

Handbills - Up to £400

Programmes - Up to £40

Tickets - Up to £25

Led Zeppelin

Signatures - Up to £600

Posters - Up to £1,000

Handbills - Up to £200

Programmes - Up to £100

Tickets - Up to £50

Buddy Holly - Gaumont 15th March 1958.

The Beatles - Gaumont 22nd May 1963. On tour with Roy Orbison

The Beatles - Gaumont 31st October 1964.

The Rolling Stones - Gaumont 2nd November 1963.

The Rolling Stones - Gaumont 5th April 1964.

The Rolling Stones - Odeon 9th October 1964.

The Rolling Stones - Gaumont 2nd October 1966.

Jimi Hendrix - Gaumont 1st April 1967.

Led Zeppelin - Baths Hall 16th November 1971.