A Porsche 928S once owned by George Harrison sold for £45,000 ($55,780 USD) by Omega Auctions on March 17 and was one of the highlights of The Beatles Collection: Vinyl and Memorabilia that featured over 200 lots of Beatles-related items, the auction house announced today. The car was owned by Harrison for four years. He bought it new and owned it from Aug. 10, 1980, to Feb. 1, 1984. He sold the car after putting some 11,000 miles on the speedometer. It was sold with the service maintenance record and other documentation, plus a Beatles book with a picture of the car. The auction house had estimated prior to the auction it would sell for between £30,000 and £50,000.
Also under the hammer was some unreleased home movie footage of the Beatles performing in Montreal, Canada in 1964. According to the auction house, it was taken by the father of a member of the group the Four Frenchmen, who opened for the Beatles. The eleven-minute film shows a heavy presence of police because of death threats made against Ringo Starr. The Beatles are seen in roughly six and a half minutes of the film. It went for £10,890 ($13,499), just over the £6,000 to £10,000 pre-auction estimate and was sold with copyright.
Eighteen lots from The Beatles auction that did not sell are being offered with reduced starting prices in a timed auction that runs through Sunday, Omega said. The items include a first pressing of a monaural Please Please Me album, a copy of the “Our First Four” Apple Records promotional package that was used to kick off then brand-new Apple label, a coat owned by Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and the program from the Beatles' 1964 Carnegie Hall concert originally owned by Sir George Martin.