“You cannot forget 8,000 screaming girls,” Mike Mitchell recalls. “It was like the birth of my generation.”
The photographer, who was only 18-years-old when he met the Beatles as they arrived to Washington DC
in 1964, followed them to their first ever US performance at the Washington Coliseum and caught them two days after their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Hidden away for 50 years until today, 50 lots of these photographs go on sale tonight at Christie’s Auctions in New York, estimated to rake in $100,000.
Sometimes I question my fondness for this band, whether it is entirely their music or their magnetic appeal as icons of the music industry (and the fact that in their hey-day, their pictures are so darn charming).