A hand-painted poster featuring the Beatles on it just before they shot to stardom, which advertised one of their upcoming shows in 1962 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, recently sold at auction for $44,000.
The Cavern Club was known to be one of the regular place the band would play before they made it big. The Beatles made their first lunchtime appearance at the club on Tuesday 9 February 1961. They had returned to Liverpool from Hamburg, Germany, where they had been playing at the Indra and the Kaiserkeller. Their stage show had been through a lot of changes and some in the audience thought they were watching a German band.
From 1961 to 1963 The Beatles made 292 appearances at the club, with their last occurring on 3 August 1963, a month after the band recorded “She Loves You” and just six months before the Beatles’ first trip to the U.S. It is also the location were their manager Brian Epstein first saw the band perform.
The rare poster advertised a lunchtime show for November 30th 1962.
The Christie’s auction house in London described the listing as, “This is the only known copy of this poster. Posters from this period in the Beatles’ history are exceptionally rare and only a handful of posters documenting their appearances at the Cavern Club are known to be in existence.”
The eventual winner of the auction was not revealed by Christie’s.