NEW YORK, NY.-
On July 20, Christie's
will present The Beatles Illuminated: The Discovered Works of Mike Mitchell, a sale comprised of 50 lots of unpublished and never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles first hysteria-inducing visits to America in 1964. Shot in black and white by photographer Mike Mitchell when he was just 18 years old, the images have been filed away for nearly fifty years. The complete rediscovered collection is expected to realize in the region of $100,000.
On February 11, 1964, just two days after their momentous American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles performed their first US concert at the Washington Coliseum. The DC native shot dozens of intimate and thrilling photographs capturing the excitement of this first British Invasion. Mitchell had exceptional access to the events including their arrival at Union Station, the press conference preceding the performance and unrestricted, stage-front access for the entirety of the historic Coliseum concert. Mitchell then snapped additional photographs when they performed during their first US concert tour at the Baltimore Civic Center on September 13, 1964. Christie's has partnered with Mike Mitchell on the debut of these images.
Over eight thousand fans packed into the Washington Coliseum on February 11th, 1964 and they were treated to the Beatles at their very best. The Washington Coliseum was not only their first American concert but also by far the largest venue in which the Beatles had ever played. Its unique setup it was often used for boxing matches meant that the Beatles were surrounded on all sides by an adoring, cheering audience. The Beatles were clearly delighted and having a great time on stage, sharing all of the enthusiasm of the crowd. Here they were, performing in America, the land of their musical heroes and cultural icons, the home of Elvis and Chuck Berry - whos Roll Over Beethoven was chosen by the Beatles to begin the show and Little Richard, whos Long Tall Sally was chosen to end it. The concert given at the Washington Coliseum was part of a defining moment in the Beatles career, and it remains both an important event and a notable place in their story. And Mike Mitchell was there to capture it.
The Beatles have had a monumental influence on music and pop culture, inspiring a global fan base and becoming the most popular band in music history. Today, the Beatles still captivate millions of fans around the world and inspire new generations of listeners with their music.