Unseen photos show the Beatles’ invasion

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

Over 350 previously unpublished photos of The Beatles in the first two shows have come to light and are for sale.

Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four to get to places, in the pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC, and Baltimore, in 1964.

Mitchell was just 18 at the time and took the pictures with natural light because I could not afford the luxury of a flash.

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

The negatives are expected to fetch more than £250,000 when they are sold by Omega Auctions on March 24.

There are 413 in total, sold with copyright. Forty-six of them have been seen before, when the only prints were auctioned off for $ 362,000 (£224,000) in 2011.

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “This is an amazing file. The unique combination of the perspective and the light apart from any other of the Beatles photographs from that period.”

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

Mitchell photographed the band at their first US concert at the Washington Coliseum, 11 February 1964 – two days after their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

He was on hand again when they played the Baltimore Civic Center on September 13, 1964. He even got on the stage to get a better point of view.

Mike Mitchell/Omega Auctions

“I was very motivated to come up with things that was as unique as it could be,” he said.

“He looked at Me and realized that there was no one on the stage. I thought, I wonder what it would be like to be on stage and see what I could get up there.”

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