BBC Antiques Roadshow guest speechless over the true value of Beatles memorabilia


A principal had Beatles memorabilia at his school valued between £ 50,000 and £ 100,000.

In a classic episode of the BBC’s Antiquities Roadshow, principal Anthony Wallersteiner of Stowe School – a £ 12,000-per-term Buckinghamshire public school – spoke about the collection to antiques expert Paul Atterbury.

The collection includes a contract for a Beatles concert to be played at school in 1963, photos and sculptures.

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The contract for the school concert came true, after a former Stowe student wrote to Beatles manager Brain Epstein asking if the famous four could play a show there.

Anthony said on television how: “It starts at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and a 17 year old Stowe called David Moores, who is 17 and a big Beatles fan, has heard about it.

“He went to this school and heard about the Beatles playing in his local town and went to visit the Cavern Club.

“I think it was a lunchtime concert rather than an evening concert and I thought ‘this was a band that I would like my friends to hear’.

“He took the initiative to write to their 17-year-old manager Brian Epstein and invited the Beatles to come and play at Stowe.”

Memories of the Beatles in a school

The director said that the contract between Moores and Epstein was the documentation of the “start to finish” concert, which occurred on April 4, 1963.

Expert Paul said it was a “very rare collection” and included the contract and photos from the concert.

According to Anthony, The Beatles debuted with their number one hit “She Loves You” at the Stowe School concert.

Also in the Stowe School antiques collection were a number of sculptures of Beatles heads.

The art was made by sculptor David Wynne, who was an alumnus of Stowe School and asked Epstein if he could sculpt John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr for a show.

According to Anthony, Epstein said the artist is expected to travel to Paris due to his tour there.

Antiques expert Paul estimated the entire collection to be worth between £ 50,000 and £ 100,000 due to its “complexity” and “rarity”.


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