Signed Beatles band card fetches more than £3,000 at new Stowmarket auction

Oliver Miller, managing director of Bishop & Miller, with the signed band card. Picture: DANIEL PAGE

Oliver Miller, managing director of Bishop & Miller, with the signed band card. Picture: DANIEL PAGE/BISHOP & MILLER - Credit: Archant

A band card autographed by The Beatles fetched more than double its estimated worth at a new toy, music and memorabilia auction in Stowmarket earlier this month.

Part of the Nirvana collection, which sold for £15,000. Picture: DANIEL PAGE/BISHOP & MILLER

Part of the Nirvana collection, which sold for £15,000. Picture: DANIEL PAGE/BISHOP & MILLER - Credit: Archant

The signed card, which was bagged by retired carpenter/joiner Mike Nicholson at a Great Yarmouth gig back in 1963, was sold for £3,340 to a buyer in Baltimore, USA.

This exceeded its estimated value of £1,000-£1,500 by more than two-fold.

The rare collectible was just one of the gems up for sale at Bishop & Miller’s first toy, music and memorabilia sale in Stowmarket.

The sale, which took place on March 10, made £65,000 in total – with a rare Jeffries concertina selling for more than £4,000, and a collection of Nirvana vinyls and memorabilia fetching a huge £15,000.

The band card, signed by all four members of The Beatles. Picture: DANIEL PAGE/BISHOP & MILLER

The band card, signed by all four members of The Beatles. Picture: DANIEL PAGE/BISHOP & MILLER - Credit: Archant


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The rare Victorian concertina was sold to a UK-based collector and fetched six times over its estimate price.

The Nirvana collection, which included signed vinyls by Kurt Cobain and a number of rare discs, sold to buyers around the world – attracting online bidders in the USA and Japan, as well as many music fans in the room.

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Other popular treasures included a Star Wars storm trooper figurine, which sold for £520, and a Subbuteo set which fetched £1,200 from a collector.

The poster category also proved very popular with bidders from around the globe, attracting buyers from New York, France, Greece and Spain.

Oliver Miller, managing director of Bishop & Miller, said: “Overall the auction was a great success with a very high selling rate and most items going for the top of the estimate or over.

“We had some rare and really interesting pieces across all of the categories, which got a lot of collectors excited. I was particularly pleased to see a vast array of collectors from all over the globe bidding on the auction.

“We are now busily gathering items for our next specialist toys, music and memorabilia auction in November, so if have anything that you believe could be of interest to us please do get in touch. If you’re a budding collector, watch this space – I anticipate coming across some very exciting pieces over the coming months off the back of this weekend’s successful sale.”

Bishop & Miller will be holding its first contemporary art and design sale on September 22.

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