Beatles colour film up for auction

Rare colour film footage of The Beatles, shot in Blackpool in 1964, could make £9000 at auction this week.

The lot will be offered on February 5 at Ewbank’s Entertainment & Memorabilia sale. It’s one of several Fab Four items up for bids.

The three-minute silent clip shows John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr chatting and laughing backstage at Blackpool’s ABC Theatre. It was shot by skiffle pioneer Chas McDevitt, who played with the band that night. The film comes with a letter of authenticity from McDevitt.

Other Beatles items up for grabs include a collection of unreleased photos taken during rehearsals for US TV’s The Ed Sullivan Show, and on several stops from their US tour that year.

Last year a guitar played by Harrison on I Want To Hold Your Hand made $657,000 at auction while a set of six images shot during the photoshoot for the Abbey Road album cover sold for £180,000.

The Ewbank’s sale also features items related to The Rolling Stones, The Who, Metallica, Queen, The Ramones and more.