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Rare Beatles photos in eBay sale to include 1964 Kansas City stop

The caption reads: “The Beatles perform an unscheduled show at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City after local mogul Charles O. Finley persuaded them to play for $150,000.”
The caption reads: “The Beatles perform an unscheduled show at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City after local mogul Charles O. Finley persuaded them to play for $150,000.”

On Feb. 2, a series of rare behind-the-scenes photographs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones will be available for sale on eBay.

Among the images: at least two shots of The Beatles’ unscheduled September 1964 appearance at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City.

According to the L.A. Times, the photos are from a collection of “3,500 previously unpublished photos” of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, taken from 1964 to 1966 by their road manager, Bob Bonis. This first batch for sale will include 30 photos, 15 of each band.

“Bonis kept the images private for his entire life,” the L.A. Times writes. “After his death in 1992, they sat in a family basement until about five years ago, when son Alex Bonis decided to let them see the light of day.”

The Times’ story includes a slideshow of the photos, and two show the Beatles’ Kansas City performance from behind the stage.

The KC stop was not originally on the Beatles’ U.S. tour dates, but was added after Charles O. Finley offered the band an unprecedented $150,000 to squeeze in a stop between New Orleans and Dallas. For perspective, Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland were drawing $10,000 to $15,000 for a show, and a ’64 Beatles concert was running from $20,000 to $40,000.

In all, 20,280 tickets — from $2 to $8.50 — sold and the Beatles played for 31 minutes in Kansas City.

A spokeswoman for the sale says the photos will be offered as limited edition chromogenic prints with certificates of authenticity from the Grammy Museum. The costs will range from $175 for 11-by-14-inch prints to $625 for 20-by-24 inch prints. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Grammy Foundation and Grammy Museum.

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