No Sale for Signed Beatles Item at NYC Auction

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    This undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions shows autographs by The Beatles on a 4-foot-by-2-foot section of a backdrop wall from the New York theater where The Ed Sullivan Show theater took place. Between the group's sets during their historic television appearance Feb. 9, 1964, the four Beatles penned their autographs and drew caricatures at the urging of a stagehand. Now that artifact, believed to be the largest Beatles autograph, is being sold on April 26, 2014, by Heritage Auctions in New York where it could realize $800,000 to $1 million.

    A large piece of stage backdrop signed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago has failed to sell at a New York City auction.

    Heritage Auctions spokesman Noah Fleisher said Saturday that the Dallas-based company will now try to privately broker the $800,000, 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section the Fab Four autographed on Feb. 9, 1964.

    Other memorabilia items from the Beatles' historic appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" were bought by a high-end collector who asked not to be named.

    Those included a signed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" original fan club poster for $59,375 and a "Beatles Meet the Beatles!" signed stereo LP for $56,250.

    Autographs from the Beatles, Ed Sullivan and Brian Epstein from the 1964 performance sold for $125,000.