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1963 Carl Alan Award Presented to The Beatles - The Most Outstanding Beat Group of 1963!
Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $6,000
Presented is one of the earliest and most well documented awards presented to The Beatles during the early days of their great success. It is also one of the very few early Beatles awards in private hands. Prestigious Carl Alan Award presented to The Beatles by the Mecca Entertainment Company in recognition of the band being voted "The Most Outstanding Beat Group of 1963." This award was personally presented to The Beatles by Prince Philip on stage at the Empire Ballroom, Leicester Square, on March 23, 1964, with the ceremony televised live by the BBC.
The itself award is comprised of a metal, gold-colored figural piece, in the form of a female dancer, resting upon a circular wooden base. The circular plaque on the base reads "Most Outstanding Beat Group of 1963 - The Beatles" on the front. The reverse engraving provides the history of the award: "Carl Alan/1963/Awarded annually for outstanding contribution to members of the ballroom dancing industry/Named after Carl. L. Hiemann and Alan B. Fairley/Joint chairmen of Mecca LTD./And first presented in 1953." The Beatles actually won two Carl Alan Awards for 1963. The second was presented to the group in the category of Best Vocal Record for She Loves You. This second award was also presented to The Beatles by Prince Philip at the same Empire Ballroom event.
According to the catalog auction description when sold in 2004 (a copy of which is included), only one Most Outstanding Beat Group trophy was presented to the entire group (unlike today when often for most prestigious awards every member of a group receives an example of the award or trophy). This is THE award; a one-of-a-kind Beatles piece presented to the group just one month after their historic 1964 tour of the United States, both important and highly documented. The presentation of this award is well documented in every comprehensive history of the Beatles' early days, specifically mentioned in dozens of historical Beatles books, and in some cases accompanied by photos of The Beatles with manager Brian Epstein and Prince Phillip. The recent provenance of the award is equally impressive. This piece was originally sold by Tracks Ltd., of London, the most highly respected dealers and experts in Beatles memorabilia in the world. It appeared as one of the featured items in the June 29, 2004, Rock Memorabilia auction conducted by ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com. It was purchased at that time by the owner of the legendary Colony Records in New York City (our consignor) for his personal collection and it has remained in his sole possession since that time (and at times was publicly displayed at Colony Records). It is accompanied by letters of provenance both from the consignor as well as from world-renown rock memorabilia expert Marc Zakarin, president of ItsOnlyRocknRoll.com, in which he details the award's history including its Tracks Ltd. provenance, and is also accompanied by the catalog for the 2004 sale (at which time it realized $12,000). The award (8 inches high; base diameter 2.5 inches) displays light tarnishing to the metal components and is in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $6,000
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