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By Fiona Reid
Star lots for auction

A STAGE-worn waistcoat of Tom Jones and Beatles’ autographs will both go under the hammer at a Carlisle auction house later this month.

The waistcoat was won by the vendor as a competition prize awarded by the Tom Jones Official Fan Club circa 1967-1968. The lot includes the original raffle ticket, entry receipt, a signed promotional portrait photograph, and a letter from the Fan Club confirming the winner’s success.

Also up for bids will be a postcard bearing with the autograph signatures of The Beatles dating to when they performed in Carlisle in 1963 – above.

The Fab Four played at the ABC Cinema on Warwick Road in the February of that year, then returned in the November.

The story goes that the relatively unknown Beatles were turfed out of the Crown & Mitre Hotel in February due to inappropriate clothing. However, upon their return in November, they were inundated with fans and pelted with Jelly Babies. The signatures, in green and blue ink, are on a Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers promotional card which has been kept in a drawer for the pasty 50 years.

Tom Jones’ waistcoats

The two lots are expected to attract international interest given the iconic status of both Tom Jones and The Beatles.

They carry pre-sale estimates of £1000-£2000 and £2000-4000 respectively.

Bidding will take place online and in the room at Laidlaws Auctioneers on May 24-25.


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