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Brian Epstein was a master of marketing. One of his first ploys with the British rock band, The Beatles, involved changing their image. A key figure in accomplishing that feat was famous photographer Dezo Hoffman. Dezo would go on to take hundreds of photographs for The Beatles, but one image in particular would become the single most iconic photo in the history of The Beatles. The 1963 image of all four young chaps in their collarless suits protruding from a white background with Paul casually smoking a cigarette in his right hand. This over-sized 34 x 26-inch original Dezo Hoffman image, framed to an overall size of 39 x 27 ½ inches, was signed and issued to a large record distributor in Lancashire England in early 1964 as a grand prize offering to promote The Beatles third UK L.P., A Hard Day’s Night.

Signed by all four Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, with unparalleled huge signatures, Paul’s being the largest at nine inches in length! Based on extensive research, we tentatively conclude that this item stands as the largest signed Beatles photo in existence. Given its tremendous size, and the fact that it is an original Dezo Hoffman image--to call this item a rarity would simple be ludicrous. This massive relic is a true one-of-a-kind promotional item which was hung from Bradley’s Record Store in Preston, Lancashire, to help propel The Beatles to new heights. Due to the item being hung from a window, sunlight caused the signatures to fade and as noted by Frank Caiazzo, the photo and the signatures have received enhancement to bring back the original vibrancy of the image. Overall in fine condition, with some minor surface impressions around the wood interior framing. Accompanied by a LOA from renowned Beatles autograph authority, Frank Caiazzo.

The Beatles Band Signed 34 x 26 Photo In 39 x 27.5 Framed Display (Frank Caiazzo LOA)
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