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samedi 18 mars 2017
The Beatles – A 50 year collection
Chochon-Barré & Allardi

The sound of hammers are going to have to adapt to the rhythm of rock music. The auction house Chochon-Barré & Allardi welcomes to Drouot the most mythical group of music of the twentieth century : the Beatles.
Jacques Volcouve, presented as the specialist of the quartet, is letting go of his collection. A fourty year old compilation conceived thanks to his fervent passion for the band. Records, CDs, books, pictures, posters, videos, magazines, objects, etc. that mark the careers of the four icons and their extraordinary lives.

« I first remember the pleasure of exploration and discovery, through the fabulous universe of the four boys who changed the world of music and the world in general. To put together the great puzzle of the history of the Beatles was the main goal of my life as a collector. Each piece carries a part of their incredible destiny. »

Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 and over the years, started accumulating everything that had a significance to the Beatles. He quickly encounters an immense and growing market due to the phenomenal success of the group.

In 1973, when Europe 1 starts broadcasting a BBC series entitled « The Beatles Story », the collector reports to the station multiple errors he noticed on the show. The radio station will use him as an expert until the end of the series.

His expertise thus recognized, he decided to create the Club of 4 of Liverpool. This association, conceived as a press agency for the Beatles, attracted over 1500 members.

« What I wanted first was to share my pleasure and passion for the Beatles [and] make sure everything that was said about them was accurate! »

At the same time, the association edited the magazine « Fab Four Publication ». The content was sharp and didactic, beyond adoration and fanaticism. Each issue, until 1984, is devoted to a specific theme projects by publishing nine books between 1987 and 2012.

Ultimately, he organized the « Beatles show » in 1975 and 1977. During this festival exported to Belgium and Italy, the public was invited to discover rare filmographic documents.

After four decades, this prophet of the Beatles is sharing the knowledge he has acquired through the auction of this collection. His passion and expertise led him to meet George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Pete Best, and considered him as publisher, writer, biographer, advisor, and event organizer.

Will be put up for auction :

  • 11 alternates photos for the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by Michael COOPER (1941-1973). This cover shows a rupture between the quartet and their usual image. Here, each musician has his own style in contrast to the « old Beatles ». It is not a photomontage, it is an actual photo of the band standing in front of carboard life-size silhouettes. The musicians chose the set of characters themselves. The staging was done by pop-artist Peter BLAKE (born in 1932). (10 000 / 15 000 € )
  • 5 alternates shots of the photo shoot for the Abbey Road album. This cover, with the one of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is one of the most famous in the history of music. It is a photograph of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road. The crosswalk was right in front of the famous studios where the band recorded almost all of their songs in seven years. (10 000 / 15 000 €)
  • A vinyl - Beatles 7 : Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You, UK Promo, 250 copies. (8 000 / 10 000 €)
  • A vinyl - Tony SHERIDAN & Beatles 7 : My Bonnie. It is autographed by Paul McCARTNEY (born 1942) and George HARRISON (1943-2001). (6 000 / 10 000 €)
  • A vinyl - Beatles LP export : Yellow Submarine. English pressing. (7 500 / 8 000 €)
  • A tour program signed by the four Beatles, a Disco Revue magazine autographed by John LENNON (1940-1980) and a concert ticket for their performance at the Palais des Sports in Paris on June 20th, 1965. (4 000 / 7 000 €)

Public exhibition - Drouot – Sales Rooms 1-7
Thursday, March 16th, 2017 - 11 am / 9 pm 
Friday, March 17th, 2017 - 11 am / 6 pm 
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - 11 am / 12 pm 

Public Auction - Drouot – Sales Rooms 1-7
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - 1:30 pm