It’s already a favorite annual event of Bay Area bibliophiles, but this year’s Antiquarian Book Fair promises to be a little more rock ‘n’ roll than usual. Among this year’s collection of rare books, maps and historical documents is a wealth of music memorabilia, including two major pieces by the Beatles.
The first: original Beatles lyrics that were handwritten by Paul McCartney. The framed scrap of paper can be purchased from Biblioctopus for a whopping $650,000. Not a bad little price tag considering the song in question isn’t even for a big hit. Rather, it’s for “Lovely Rita,” a jaunty ode to a “lovely meter maid” that appeared on 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Another rare book dealer hailing all the way from Austria has a copy of the Fab Four’s debut album, Please Please Me on offer, signed by the whole band. The Vienna-based dealer, Antiquariat Inlibris, also has signed Polaroids of David Bowie, Freddy Mercury and Mick Jagger on offer as well as a copy of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand (by Dick Clark and Fred Bronson) that’s signed by over 100 musicians. Artists including Aretha Franklin, Little Richard, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Cher, Donna Summer, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, Sting and Jerry Lee Lewis all had their mitts on this book at some point, making it a truly rare treasure.