Being a former record dealer myself, I sincerely hope for the seller this isn’t some elaborate April Fool’s Day joke.
Actually, being a former record dealer myself, I most certainly do hope it is a ruse. A ruse so diabolical that it will make him feel his whole world is crumbling all around him, and destroys his very will to live…
Yes, us vinyl hounds are a vindictive and possessive group. But, add in the dealer/seller factor and we turn in to borderline homicidal maniacs, leaving no man, woman, or child alive in our wake. No one is safe, I assure you.
I kid, I kid. Congrats to both seller and buyer. Enjoy your spoils of war.
From the BBC:
It was bought by an unnamed buyer from the Midwest, according to theHollywood Reporter.
The sale also broke the previous record for a similar item, the entertainment magazine reported.
The UK Parlophone copy of the album includes a high gloss cover and vinyl gatefold sleeve. According to the Hollywood Reporter it was believed to have been autographed by all four Beatles near its release in June 1967.
The Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, which ran the sale, described it as “one of the most spectacular jewels in our auction”.
Speaking before the sale, Beatles expert Perry Cox said: “With my being thoroughly immersed in Beatles collectibles for over 30 years, it takes something extraordinarily special to excite me, but I consider this to be one of the top two items of Beatles memorabilia I’ve ever seen – the other being a signed copy of Meet The Beatles.”