Photos of Beatles' 1st US concert at NYC auction

Photos of Beatles' 1st US concert at NYC auction

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FILE - This file photo of February 11, 1964, provided by Christie's auction house from a collection of photos of The Beatles shot by photographer Mike Mitchell, shows Ringo Starr during the group's first U.S. concert, at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, July 20, 2011, Christie's auction house will sell the collection of 50 silver gelatin prints Mitchell took when he was 18 during the group's first U.S. concert in Washington D.C. in 1964. The images, plus photos from another Beatles' concert, are estimated to fetch a total of $100,000. (AP Photo/Christie's, Mike Mitchell, File)

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Posted on July 20, 2011 at 7:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- In 1964, an enterprising 18-year-old snapped pictures of the Beatles' momentous first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C.

On Wednesday, 50 silver gelatin prints he made from negatives of the event are being sold at Christie's auction house in New York City.

The images, plus photos from another Beatles' concert, are estimated to fetch a total of $100,000.

The Beatles played their first U.S. concert on Feb. 11, 1964, at the Washington Coliseum, two days after their debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Mike Mitchell, of Washington, was there shooting just feet away -- even jumping onto the stage for the group's pre-concert press call.

Among the highlights is a backlit photograph he shot while standing directly behind the Fab Four. It's expected to bring $2,000-$3,000.

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Online: http://www.christies.com/features/auctions/0711/beatles-illuminated/

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