Photographer Mike Mitchell first encountered The Beatles during their first ever performance in North America on February 11, 1964, where the then teenager placed himself front row and took some of the most iconic photographs known of the band. In this photograph, Ringo Starr's drum kit, positioned onstage at the Washington Coliseum on February 11, 1964. Mitchell has captured the calm before the storm in this photo - within minutes the Beatles would take the stage to the sound of screaming fans which would not subside through the entire performance.
The Coliseum was often used for boxing matches and was configured with the stage directly in the center of the hall. In order to let all fans see them, midway through the concert the Beatles moved from one side of the stage to the other. John, Paul and George walked over, while Ringo's riser - seen here, and which was actually a turntable–was spun 180 degrees.
This photograph is from an edition of three as part of a series of Mitchell’s nine most iconic photographs of The Beatles created exclusively for this auction.

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The Beatles, Washington Coliseum, 1964
Lot Number 30
Gelatin silver print with selenium toning
17 x 11.25 in (43.18 x 28.58 cm)
1 of 3
Signed and numbered by the photographer on recto
Printed in 2018

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The Beatles, Washington Coliseum
  • Dimensions
    17 x 11.25 in (43.18 x 28.58 cm)