Photos of Beatles’ First United States Concert to Be Auctioned at Christie’s in New York


NEW YORK, NY (AP).- It was 1964. Beatlemania ruled. Two days after their momentous debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” the Fab Four boarded a train from New York for Washington, D.C., for their first U.S. concert. An enterprising 18-year-old Mike Mitchell was there, a press pass in hand, shooting photographs just feet away and even jumping onto the stage for the group’s brief pre-concert press call. Forty-seven years later, Mitchell has made 50 silver gelatin prints from his negatives of the event and the Beatles’ Sept. 3, 1964, performance at the Baltimore Civic Center. He’s offering them for sale at Christie’s New York auction house on July 20. The total pre-sale estimate is $100,000; the images will be sold individually. Mitchell laughs when he describes the scene at the indoor arena that