Ed Sullivan-Beatles item headed to NYC auction

NEW YORK - A large piece of stage backdrop autographed by the Beatles during their first live U.S. concert 50 years ago is coming to a NYC auction. It could be sold for between $800,000 and $1 million.

Face caricatures accompany the signatures that the Fab Four penned between sets of their historic Ed Sullivan appearance on Feb. 9, 1964. The Beatles opened the show with "All My Loving" in front of 700 screeching fans and 73 million television viewers.

A stagehand working that night is responsible for getting them to sign it. Eighty-one-year-old Jerry Gort of Calabasas, Calif., says "It was a spur of the moment thing."

The current owner of the 4-foot-by-2-foot plastic wall section is Andy Geller. He's a longtime Beatles collector and television and film voice-over artist.

Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling it April 26.

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