This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ game-changing performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, and people are understandably going a bit Beatle-mad. This might be the best example yet: Heritage Auctions will be auctioning off an autographed piece of the set from that performance.
The bit of set in question is a 4-foot by 2-foot plastic wall that bears the signatures of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, along with a note saying “THE BEATLES WERE HERE 2/9/64.” The wall was supposed to be thrown out at the end of Sullivan’s 1964 season, but a carpenter saved it and gave it to a disabled Beatles fan. The wall was purchased by voice actor and Beatles enthusiast Andy Geller for $100,000.
The wall, which has been authenticated by Jerry Gort — the stagehand who got the Beatles to sign the wall on the night of their performance — and Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo. Before it’s sold, the wall will be on display at New York’s Beatlefest from Friday, February 7th though Sunday, February 9th.