More than 350 beforehand unseen images of The Beatles at two early US reveals have fetched £253,200 at public sale.
Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four arriving on the venues, at pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964.
A complete lot of 413 negatives have been bought with copyright for £253,200 by Omega Auctions. Forty-six of these have been seen earlier than when auctioned in 2011.
A black Mercedes AMG George Harrison purchased in 1984 bought for £43,200.
Mitchell photographed the band at their first ever US live performance, at Washington Coliseum on 11 February 1964 – two days after their well-known look on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Mitchell was simply 18 on the time and took the images in pure mild as a result of he could not afford a flash.
He was readily available once more once they performed Baltimore Civic Centre on 13 September 1964. He even obtained on stage to get a greater vantage level.
“I was very motivated to come up with stuff that was as unique as could possibly be,” he stated.
“I looked and noticed that nobody was up on the stage. I thought, I wonder what it would be like to be up on the stage and see what I could get up there.”
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather stated it was a “fantastic sale” which “shows that The Beatles market is still as strong as ever”.
The black Mercedes 500 SEL AMG was purchased by Harrison in 1984 for £85,000 and he owned it for 16 years.
It featured within the official video for the tune ‘Real Love’.
Other objects bought in Newton-le-Willows included a signed lodge register from an evening at “The Bull” in Peterborough, which all 4 musicians signed together with supervisor Brian Epstein, which bought for £9,840.