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During the end of the band’s run from 1969 to 1970, John became involved with Yoko Ono. This caused problems in the group because they were accustomed to only their own company. Below is a picture of the only known set to have the four Beatles and Yoko on the same item.

For these two years, the band was all but inaccessible to the public.  It was virtually impossible to get anything signed by the Beatles as they were in the process of breaking up. Here are rare sets from 1969 (the day they shot the cover for Abbey Road).

Beatles signature set from 1969.

To date the only set of Beatles signatures obtained on August 8th, 1969 – the day they shot the cover for Abbey Road.

As mentioned earlier, the Beatles were fond of the Apple Scruff girls and would sign for them.  Only two known copies of Abbey Road signed by all four members have surfaced.  By this time, their autographs were starting to change, especially John’s signature.

Abbey Road album cover signed by John Lennon. The album was released in October of 1969.

In the past 10 years, a series of signed checks and documents have appeared. Full contracts from 1964 through 1969 are very difficult to obtain.

Rare contract from January of 1967 signed by all four Beatles plus manager Brian Epstein and his brother Clive.

Contract from 1969.

Checks signed from the early 1970s.

Rare check signed by John Lennon in 1969.

Since the death of John Lennon and George Harrison, numerous Beatles forgeries have surfaced on the market.  This discussion provides numerous signature examples and ties them to a particular era of Beatles history.   It is important to note signature variations over the years.  For example, I have seen a Double Fantasy album that was released in 1980 autographed with signatures from 1964.  The forger that made this item copied inappropriate examples.

As with any forgery, the signature tends to show hesitation.  This is a sure sign of someone’s effort to copy an autograph from a known source.  Because authentic Beatles autographs are fairly expensive, use caution when purchasing items that appear to be a good deal.  Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t authentic.

Authenticating autographs from the solo years is difficult.  Furthermore, more recent signatures tend to be rushed as they are signed on the street, at concerts or the airport. For example, I have seen a photo that was signed on camera at a press conference by Paul.  The photo was thrust in front of him with no backing and he managed to scrawl a “PA” at the top.  It is an ugly example, but signed by Paul McCartney nonetheless.

It should be noted that Ringo Starr stopped signing his full name in 1992.  Instead, he would sign just Ringo with variations, such as a star, next to or below the name.  Below are some more modern examples of Beatles signatures.

John Lennon Mind Games picture sleeve obtained in Philadelphia at Helping Hand Marathon appearance in May of 1975.

Paul McCartney’s Band On the Run album cover signed to director John Landis. It is also signed by Linda McCartney.

Signed photo page from George Harrison’s 1974 US tour book.

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