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Buenos Aires prepares for impressive Beatles memorabilia auction next week

Wednesday, October 5th 2011 - 08:52 UTC
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“My passion for The Beatles comes from childhood” says Raul Blisniuk “My passion for The Beatles comes from childhood” says Raul Blisniuk

An original drawing by John Lennon is part of the more than 120 lots of Beatles memorabilia that will be auctioned in Buenos Aires by South America's largest collector of the Fab Four.

Lennon's sketch starts at a bidding price of 100,000 pesos (22.535 dollars) and features stick figures of Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono. In a corner of the picture, an inscription reads: “1+1=John+Yoko. 'Tis simple math guys”

The troves that will be auctioned on Oct. 13 by Banco Ciudad belong to Raúl Blisniuk, who entered the Guinness Book of Records in 1998 as South America's greatest collector of Beatles mementos.

It also features pristine black-and-white photographs, a bass autographed by Paul McCartney, signed checks, LP's and even real dollar bills with pictures of the world's most influential rock group placed over George Washington's face.

“My passion for The Beatles comes from childhood ... I grew up with Beatlemania and I'm a Beatles fanatic,” said Blisniuk, who began collecting photos of the group's records at age 13.

“I came from a poor family so my dad couldn't afford the records, but over time, I started saving newspaper clippings, magazines, and my collection grew,” he said.

At an event to present the items in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, members of a Beatles tribute band called Danger Four arrived in a London Black Cab wearing dark suits and sporting Beatles hairstyles.

They played some of the group's best-known tunes to commemorate the Beatles' last live performance: an impromptu concert on Jan. 30, 1969 on the roof of their Savile Row Apple headquarters before surprised Londoners on their lunch break.

Danger Four performed instead on the top of the Banco Ciudad building in downtown Buenos Aires. Below, screaming fans in 1960s garb, played by actors, and curious onlookers snapping pictures with cell phone cameras clogged traffic.

“The Beatles are energy and that's why we know they're always attention-grabbers. They're unique and I don't think there will be anyone like them again,” said Blisniuk.

“I've always said that the most important things in my life are my family, and then, the Beatles,” he said.

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  • ElaineB

    It is extraordinary how popular The Beatles are in Argentina with all ages. The music is played everywhere, it is like a musical time warp.

    Oct 05th, 2011 - 10:08 am 0
  • xbarilox

    @ 1 you are a good person. but don't be so nice with people that treat you bad, they don't deserve it.

    Oct 05th, 2011 - 05:23 pm 0
  • Raul

    1 ElaineB and xbarilox

    Learn from John Lennon and Perez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize.
    Give up hatred and resentment towards Argentina. Their claims are just as expressed by 99.99% of Argentines of all political parties and religious beliefs in Argentina and Latin America.
    This conflict is not resolved with resentment and revanchism. Resolved to peace and dialogue.
    As Luther King: There are no roads to peace, peace is the road. I think most people's English has the same feeling deep. Peace, dialogue and nonviolence.

    2 xbarilox
    You try very badly Argentine and Latin American, get an examination of conscience before speaking.

    John Lennon phrases that are applicable to British aggression in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya.

    “Give a chance for peace” ... .. “I can not believe I'm honored. I thought it was necessary to drive tanks and win wars. ”....“ If we take the power, would have the task of cleaning the bourgeoisie and keeping people in a revolutionary state of mind. ”
    Lennon returned his medal Member of the Order of the British Empire in September 1969, through a letter to the Queen of England itself and sent to St. James Palace in London. The musician took this decision by the UK involvement in the war of secession of Biafra, by the British government support the U.S. invasion of Vietnam and the censorship of his song 'Cold Turkey', because the references to including drugs.
    ”Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE (acronym for the logo is known) as a protest against Britain's involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra matter, against our support for the U.S. in Vietnam and against falling 'Cold Turkey' on the music charts. With love, John Lennon, ”reads the letter he wrote the musician to the Queen, according to reports in 'Music News' collected by otr / press. Now, the Medal of the Order of the British Empire could end up in a museum as fans of the musician claim.
    Yes, John really is a true revolutionary of peace and nonviolence.

    Oct 05th, 2011 - 06:46 pm 0
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