6:00pm – Sunday, May 13 on ABC1
This week on Auction Room, William McInnes reveals autographs from the earliest days of The Beatles.
Gillian Meade lives in Lilydale, on the rural fringe of Melbourne, but she grew up in London where her father had a diplomatic posting, working at the imposing Australia House on the Strand. It was here, on the eve of their Down Under Tour in 1964 that the Fab Four gathered for an Australian government reception.
Gillian was too young to be there, but her father Harold Macdonald (the High Commissioner’s secretary) asked John, Paul, George and Ringo to sign the official reception invitation card as a souvenir for her. In the early Sixties anything signed by the boys from Liverpool was gold. Are Gillian’s signatures the real deal? We cast an expert eye over the document. If it is authentic, it means big dollars for Gillian.
Gillian has treasured this memento and had always wanted to pass it on to her children, but with her husband Dean in full-time, expensive medical care, Gillian needs the money. So off she went with high expectations to Leonard Joel Auctions.
Meanwhile, Popi Mavromatis is taking several of her exceptional 1960s tin-plate space toys and robots to Leonard Joel Auctions, which specialises in selling vintage and classic toys.
The sale is completed with a superb penny farthing cycle in perfect condition, and the bidding is epic.
Please be advised that auction results are embargoed until broadcast