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January 6, 2013

The Associated Press

Auctioneer Paul Fairweather holds slides of The Beatles taken during their first tour of the United States in 1964. The rare color transparencies, taken by Dr. Robert Beck, are to be sold at Omega Auctions in Stockport, England, in March.

Colorful shots of Beatles to be sold

The Associated Press

LONDON - Unpublished early color photographs of The Beatles' first U.S. tour will be sold at a U.K. auction.

The photos were taken during the rock band's 1964 visit to the United States, when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white.

The collection of 65 slides contains many stage shots, including George Harrison with his legendary red Rickenbacker guitar and close-up portraits from a Las Vegas Sahara Hotel news conference and Las Vegas Convention Center gig.

The images were taken by Dr. Robert Beck, who died in 2002 and left them in an archive of photos and slides in his Hollywood home.

Omega Auctions said Sunday that the images will be sold March 22 -- exactly 50 years after The Beatles released their first album.





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