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David Adickes’ famous Beatles statues are for sale and have found a new home until they’re bought
Four concrete lads from Liverpool are currently standing in the backyard of one of Houston’s most popular breweries. This week 8th Wonder Brewery took custody, albeit temporary, of renowned artist David Adickes’ famous Beatles statues that once stood outside his SculpturWorx workshop off Taylor and I-10. Adickes tells that the set is for sale for $350,000.

The statues are currently for sale but 8th Wonder’s Ryan Soroka says that the quartet are under contract to be on display in the WonderWorld event space behind the brewery.

Sculptor David Adickes said on Tuesday he is selling the set for $350,000. They are about 36 feet tall and weigh four tons each. Ringo on the drums is slightly shorter and weighs a bit more.
The 90-year-old who once used to pal around with Picasso created the Beatles statues out of concrete and wire about 10 years ago. They were finally removed from his old workshop space in 2015 and became somewhat of a local attraction until then.


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The 1967 album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was not the first artwork that Peter Blake made for The Beatles. Three years earlier, Paul McCartney had asked the British Pop artist to “paint something good” for his newly purchased Scottish farmhouse. (Blake eventually presented him with a painting inspired by the majestic stag from Sir Edwin Landseer’s 1851 work The Monarch of the Glen.)

But it was the Sgt. Pepper’s cover, with its technicolor marching band and star-studded crowd, that came to define Blake’s legacy. Today, the 85-year-old artist regards its fame with mixed emotions. “You get stuck with a certain kind of image that will never lose you,” he said in 2007. “I’m proud of it, but I’ll never get away from it.”

It’s true that the cover represents just a fraction of Blake’s eclectic career—which he has developed over the past seven decades and traces back to youth, when he flunked a grammar school entrance exam. As a result, at the age of 14, he applied to the Junior Art School of Gravesend Technical College instead, and, despite not having shown a particular interest or natural capacity for art, enrolled there. Blake spent the next four years honing artistic skills like typography, illustration, graphic design, life drawing, silversmithing, and more.

While Blake’s legacy may forever be dominated by his album cover, he’s taken a firm stance in defining the twilight years of his career. “Usually other people decide when your Late Period is or was, but rather than wait for anyone else, I’ve decided very consciously to have mine now,” he told the Guardian in 2006. “I know I’ve done pretty much everything it was reasonable to expect, and maybe sometimes I’ve done a little more than that.”

When Blake and Haworth stepped in, the band had already dreamed up the marching band theme. Blake suggested a “magical” audience in the background of the photograph, “the kind of crowd that you could never bring together.” He collected a list of names from three of the four Beatles (John Lennon famously included Adolf Hitler among his suggestions, though the artists obscured him in the finished work) and added a few art-world personalities of his own: Light and Space artist Larry Bell, and the creator of the Watts Towers in Los Angeles, Simon Rodia.

In all, Blake and Haworth were paid £200 for their work on the now-iconic cover—a nominal fee that’s still a sore spot for Blake. (“Even the people that did the flowers were paid more!” he later griped.) The piece encapsulated exactly what Blake had been trying to do in his wider artistic practice—make works with the “directness and distribution of pop music,” he explained. With Sgt. Pepper’s, “if you bought the record you also bought a piece of art on exactly the level that I was aiming for.”


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A rare ticket from The Beatles’ final appearance at The Cavern Club goes on display 54 years after the event at the award-winning The Beatles Story. Dated August 3, 1963 the ticket marked the band’s 292nd and final performance at the world-famous venue since making their debut at the club on February 9, 1961. The Cavern Club played an important role during the band’s early development but by the time they played their final show, just one month after they recorded She Loves You, The Beatles had outgrown the setting.

Diane Glover from The Beatles Story said: “We are delighted to introduce this exciting piece of Cavern Club history into our exhibition. “The ticket represents an important time in The Beatles’ career and recognises the crucial role that The Cavern Club played in the success of the band.”

The iconic Cavern stage has played home to a plethora of musical legends since the club first opened 60 years ago, in January 1957. Including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Kinks, Queen, Chuck Berry, more recently Adele and Jessie J

Tickets for the final Beatles show went on sale exclusively to Cavern Club members at 1.30pm on July 21 and sold out within 30 minutes.

The Fab Four were joined on the bill that evening by The Mersey Beats, The Escorts, The Road Runners, The Sapphires and Jonny Ringo & The Colts.

The ticket joins a collection of other rare Cavern Club memorabilia from the early 60s, as well as the guitar which was used by George Harrison during the performance.

The rare Australian Maton Mastersound guitar has been on display at The Beatles Story since July 2015 and was only on loan to George at the time due to his usual guitar, a Gibson Country Gentleman, being repaired.

The ticket will be on display within The Beatles Story’s main exhibition for the next three years.


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The video show John, Paul, George and Ringo disembarking from a plane at Dublin Airport on November 7, 1963. They then sit down with on the noisy runway tarmac to talk to RTE’s Frank Hall.

During the interview, which aired on Radio Telefis Eireann later that evening, the band members talk about their hair, their music and their Irish heritage.

The Beatles came to Dublin to play two shows at the Adelphi Cinema that night. It was the only time they appeared in concert in the Republic of Ireland.


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Fab Four fan Carole Shallcross brought a Beatles programme from 1963, signed by Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr, to the first ever Antiques on the Terrace at St Michael’s Hospice.

And it didn’t take valuer Bill Lacey long to work it out and estimate the item was worth between £2,000 to £3,000.

Carole has since agreed for Bill to sell the item through his employers, Fieldings, with half its selling price to be donated to St Michael’s.
“Back in 1963, when I was living in North Wales, I went to see them when they were at Llandudno,” said Carole.
“My uncle was a doorman at the venue. He got me in every night to see them. He would go up to their dressing rooms and get their signatures for me.I couldn’t believe it when I was told how much it was worth. I thought it would be about £50.”

Bill, who was one of three valuers from Stourbridge-based Fieldings Auctioneers, has a close connection to St Michael’s because his late father was cared for there.
He said: “It was a great day with a wide array of items brought in, including the Beatles memorabilia.We hope that item will raise a lot at auction.”


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Estimated at £1500-2000, it sold for a hammer price of £5500 (plus 18.5% buyer’s premium) at the saleroom in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. The poster is for a concert starring ‘The Sensational Beatles’ at the Royal Hall, Harrogate, on March 8, 1963. Billed as an event with ‘dancing for teens and twenties’, the Beatles were appearing ‘together with Harrogate’s most popular groups’: Barry Corbett and his Mustangs, and Chinchillas and the Apaches.

Tennants specialist Kegan Harrison said: “It is rare to find any Beatles concert posters, let alone one in this fine condition, as their touring career was very short with less than 1000 concerts in total – many of which pre-dated their debut LP.” The timing of the concert is significant, and the billing ‘the recording stars of Please Please Me’. The Fab Four were performing in Harrogate just as their career was taking off.

Event promoter Derek Arnold had booked the band in December 1962, when they were yet to become a household name; their second single, Please Please Me, was not released until January 1963. The first album, also called Please Please Me, was yet to be released and full blown Beatlemania was still some months away.

Another indicator of early Beatles poster demand came on May 23, when a later 1963 example for the August 12 Llandudno Odeon concert involving the Beatles sold for a hammer price of £28,000. The Rogers Jones saleroom had estimated it at £4000-8000.

As auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said after the sale, that Welsh concert “was just as the band was about to break into superstardom – 1963 was the key year for them, propelled that summer by She Loves You [released on August 23 in the UK]”.