Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Autographed chunk of Beatles' "Ed Sullivan" stage set up for auction

A piece of the stage backdrop featured during the Beatles Feb. 9, 1964, appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" is up for auction during next month's Fest for Beatles Fans in Los Angeles.

This 16" x 48" plastic piece of a moveable wall was signed just before the Beatles went onstage for their second set, at the request of a stage hand named Jerry Gort. At the end of the TV season, just before the wall was to be sent to the dump, this piece was cut out and sent to a handicapped Beatles fan named Lofton Sproles. In the mid-80s he sold it to Rodney Cary, the owner of the Southdowns Lounge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where the wall was displayed for several years. In 2002 Rodney sold it to a dealer who then sold it to a Los Angeles collector, for whom we are now selling it.
Here's a pic:

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