Unseen Pictures by U.S. Photographer Mike Mitchell Captured Outbreak of Beatlemania

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LONDON (REUTERS).- They have been gathering dust in a basement for more than 40 years, but now U.S. photographer Mike Mitchell has decided to auction a group of pictures which capture the moment the Beatles became a worldwide phenomenon. Mitchell, now in his mid-60s, was given a press pass to the Fab Four’s first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1964, just two days after their breakthrough television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He was back later that year to cover their concert in Baltimore, by which time their fame had grown considerably. “I heard the music and I had to be there,” said Mitchell, surrounded by a selection of the black-and-white images which had a spontaneity that many later photographs lacked. He is selling the collection through Christie’s auctioneers in New York on July 20, and is exhibiting them in London first to raise awa