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Rare Beatles Prototype Camera 1964

An extremely rare piece of original Beatles merchandising, this being an original prototype Beatles camera (USA). Two such prototypes were made & submitted for approval but as this was not forthcoming, the "Beatles camera" was never put into production. The package includes the gold embossed "Beatles" light-blue camera case (8"x 4"x 3") (latch slightly rusty), the Argus 127 camera with lightbulb attachment, 2 Ray O Vac Photoflash batteries & original instruction booklets. This item was acquired in 1998 from John Fenton, an ex-director of SELTAEB & written provenance to this effect will be provided.



SELTAEB ("Beatles" spelt backwards) acquired control for The Beatles merchandising from NEMS in 1963, Brian Epstein agreeing to a 90:10 income split in SELTAEB's favour. When "Beatlemania" took hold & the full extent of The Beatles merchandising potential became clear, Epstein & The Beatles endeavoured to re-negotiate. Although a subsequent revision was agreed, years of legal wrangling followed & it is conservatively estimated that The Beatles lost up to $100m in income.

 

NB. We believe that only 2 such Beatles cameras were ever created making this a highly unusual & collectable piece of Beatles memorabilia. We have not put a price on this item but are open to any serious offers.



Price: £0.00

Artist: The Beatles
Year: '1964
Category: Beatles / 50 - 60's
Format: Other
Condition: Very good +
Reference: 69805



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