Images were taken at Shea Stadium in the 60s
Grace Carroll

09:48 25th March 2013

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Rare photographs of The Beatles, taken at Shea Stadium, have sold at auction for £30,000.

The photos were taken of the band in concert at the stadium in 1965 by Marc Weinstein, an amateur photographer who bluffed his way backstage using a press pass which he had made himself.

There was another photographer present at the famous concert - which was the Beatles' biggest -but he apparently ran out of film during the concert.

Speaking to The Examiner previously, Weinstein said, "(I) had my press pass that was a phony press pass I made up. When I walked in there and I walked up to the first police officer I saw and... I said, ‘Excuse me, sir, I’m with the Beatles entourage and I got separated from the group. Can you help me to the stage, please?’

"And he looked at me and he said, ‘Sure, follow me.’ And I was stunned. He ate the whole thing. He started, ‘Hey, guys, move out of the way. This guy is with the group. I’m taking him out there.’ And I just followed him."

There were 61 black and white photos and they were sold at Omega Auctions in Cheshire, England, for £30,000, to a Beatles collector living in Washington, America.


The black and white photos sold for £30,000 in Cheshire, England

Speaking of the winner, auctioneer Paul Fairweather said he is "a South American gentleman currently living in Washington [who] is a huge collector of Beatles memorabilia."

As well as the photos, other rare Beatles items were sold. The original studio pressing of the band's 1963 debut Please Please Me went for £7,552 while 65 unpublished colour slides of The Beatles taken by physicist Dr Robert Beck sold for £27,140 - although their estimate had been just £10,000-£15,000.

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