Beatles' Signed Sgt. Pepper's Fetches $290K

Shatters previous record
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2013 7:11 AM CDT
A copy of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" autographed by all four band members.   (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

(Newser) – The Fab Four shattered another record yesterday, when a ultra-rare signed copy of their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album fetched a rather staggering $290,500 at auction—significantly topping the $30,000 that the auctioneer had predicted. "I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I've ever seen," said a Beatles expert; the other, a signed copy of Meet the Beatles, sold for $150,000. The copy of Sgt. Pepper's was signed by all four Beatles, probably around its June 1967 release, notes the Hollywood Reporter, and sold to an unnamed buyer from the Midwest. (Read more Beatles stories.)

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