East Anglian Auctioneers hits all the right notes


Bishop & Miller, one of the region's leading independent auction and valuation firms in the East of England, is holding its
first Toy and Music Memorabilia auction on Saturday 10 March in Stowmarket and is proud to be selling an autographed band card from The Beatles, amongst other collectable items
The band card autographed by The Beatles, which has an estimate of £1,000- £1,500, has belonged to Mike Nicholson for the past 55 years. A retired carpenter/joiner from Kings Lynn, Mike got hold the legendary fab four’s autographs whilst at a concert in 1963. 
The Beatles commenced their first UK nationwide tour in February 1963 which brought them to various locations in East Anglia and included a concert in Great Yarmouth, where they supported a young Helen Shipiro.  
Mike explains: “In the 1960’s I was bass-guitarist in a local band called The Pagans and through our music circles we knew the stage manager, Dave, at the theatre in Great Yarmouth. He got hold of tickets for The Beatles gig and whilst we were at the venue on the night of the concert he said he could get us autographs from the band. The only thing we had to hand were our own band cards, which are like business cards (we gave these out at our own gigs and at venues). He came back to us later on with four signatures from The Beatles and I’ve kept hold of mine ever since.”
Mike continues: “I couldn’t hear much of the Great Yarmouth gig through all the screams of the fans, something that became synonymous with The Beatles concerts!”
Oliver Miller, managing director, said: “We’re looking forward to our first Toy and Music Sale as we have a great selection of items for many collectors out there and The Beatles autographs are something really caught my eye. I came across the autographs at our valuation day in Burnham Market last year and I was fascinated with the story, which I know will interest many people.

“We have an array of collectable items available in our next auction, including a signed Nirvana record and other highly sought-after memorabilia. We’re hoping to appeal to a new audience with this specialist sale.”
Bishop & Miller is planning on holding two Toy and Music Memorabilia sales this year which will feature music, musical instruments and toys. The auction on 10 March will also feature toys which including three 12-back Star Wars figures as well as railway and film posters. 
For further information on auctions and valuation events please contact the Bishop & Miller team on: Tel: 01449 673088 or Email: enquiries@bm-auctions.co.uk.