The final photos taken of John Lennon on Dec 8, 1980, by Paul Goresh sold for $100,000; and the camera that took them for $5,900; the last book signed by Lennon sold for $18,000; a Beatles ice cream box for $3,028; and Ringo’s sunglasses for $2,923—all in part one of the Paul Goresh Beatles Collection auction which closed last week.
Highlights of the collection include:
Rare photos from the 16 Magazine archives
Unseen behind-the-scene photos on the set of Help!
One-of-a-kind negatives taken by Astrid Kirchherr in 1961
Numerous concert tickets from 1964-65
Rare toys, bubble gum cards, ephemera
Large stash of Beatles Fan Club memorabilia
Signed books by George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney
Over 1,000 The Beatles magazines
Ken Farrell, president of Just Kids Nostalgia, a pop-culture collectible business established in 1978, was consigned to sell the collection upon Goresh’s death. Farrell and Goresh were mutual, long-time pop-culture enthusiast friends.
Farrell said: “It was a great honor to be selected by Paul Goresh before he died to sell this amazing collection. We will offer items never before seen in the collector’s market. It’s a sale not to be missed.”