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Presented here are two of the most historically significant documents pertaining to the legendary band The Beatles. No band in history was or is as popular as the original “Fab 4”. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr took the world by storm in the early 1960’s and their music still thrives today. However, as the years went on, tensions arose in the band towards the end of the 1960’s decade.

In January of 1969, The Beatles entered into an Apple Management agreement with Lee Eastman, father-in-law of Paul McCartney and Lee Eastman’s brother John. The first document in this lot represents a united front from all Beatles agreeing to move forward with new representation, to help the financial affairs of the Apple Corporation. It is signed by Neil Aspinall, and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr). It is abundantly clear that despite the Beatles signing this Eastman management document, The Beatles (excluding Paul McCartney) changed their mind four months later. This sudden contractual change demonstrates the disharmony among the band, and waning leadership. This historical and rare Apple agreement is the companion piece to “The Breakup Letter” which followed in April of 1969. 'The Beatles' last musical collaboration was their final recording titled, 'Abbey Road' in 1969. Please note that this document has blurry print.

The companion document in this lot is a single page typescript letter addressed to Lee Eastman, formally notifying him that he was …not authorized to act or hold yourself out as the attorney [sic] or legal representative of “The Beatles” or of any of the companies which the Beatles own or control.., acknowledging that the three signatories to the letter would co-operate with Mr. Eastman in his capacity as Paul McCartney’s personal lawyer, and instructing Eastman to forward all Beatles associated material he had to ABKCO INDUSTRIES INC. [Allen Klein's company], signed in red felt pen John Lennon, in blue ballpoint pen Richard Starkey and in brown felt pen George Harrison.

Although it is largely thought that the decline of The Beatles as a group began after the unexpected death of Brian Epstein in 1967, it was the realization in 1969 that Apple was in financial chaos and hemorrhaging The Beatles money away, that spurred Lennon and McCartney in particular to look for a firm hand to take over the management of The Beatles’ affairs. Lennon arranged to see Allen Klein whom he’d initially heard about through Brian Epstein and then via his friends The Rolling Stones whose business affairs Klein managed. In 1970 in his famous interview with Jann Wenner, Lennon described how he engineered the situation, which enabled him to get Klein involved with The Beatles: “I maneuver people. That’s what leaders do. I sit and make situations in which it’s a benefit to me with other people…I had to do a job to get Allen into Apple…I…[created] a situation around Apple and the Beatles in which Allen could come in. He wouldn’t have got in unless I’d done it….” Once John had opted for Klein to manage him, George and Ringo followed suit. Paul however was opposed to Klein and proposed instead, his partner Linda’s music lawyer father Lee Eastman, and her brother John. John, George and Ringo considered that the Eastman’s’ close association with McCartney would bias the balance of The Beatles’ partnership in McCartney’s favor and things became acrimonious resulting in a three against one division formalized by the document in this lot.

Allen Klein and Lee Eastman’s inability to even attempt to co-operate with one another for the good of The Beatles succeeded in broadening the division between the two opposing factors within the group even further. By this stage in 1969 The Beatles were all going in different musical directions, and as Ringo recalled …The enthusiasm was just waning…It was like the wind-down to a divorce. A divorce doesn’t just happen suddenly; there are months and years of misery until you finally say ‘Oh, let’s end it.’ The Beatles’ partnership was finally dissolved in court just under five years later on January 9th, 1975. These signed letters are in good condition with edge wear and punch holes. Each letter comes with a LOA from Beckett Authentication.

Historically Significant Letters Signed By John, Paul, George & Ringo Dated January 1969 & 4/18/1969 Providing Documentary Evidence Of Major Catalysts Behind The Disbanding of The Beatles (Beckett)
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Auction closed on Monday, December 14, 2020.
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