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1964 Clevedon Confectionery "Beatles Licorice Records" Complete Box (36 records)
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,560
Extremely rare complete box of "Beatles Licorice Records" containing thirty-six records made of licorice, as the name suggests, housed in colorful sleeves each with a black-and-white image of one of the members of the group showing through the center. A fifth record features small images of all four members. As can easily be seen, this is a very "card-like" issue. Seven complete sets of five records (each approximately four inches in diameter) are housed within this box (the one extra record features George Harrison). Fifteen of the licorice records have some degree of cracking, ranging from tiny cracks not compromising the structure of the record to multiple cracks resulting in the record being in several pieces (though of course it is obviously the picture sleeves which make this issue so desirable and the sleeves are unaffected).
Produced and distributed in Britain by Clevedon Confectionery during the Beatles' most popular days, this is one of the most fascinating (and at the time, tasty) Beatles collectibles we have ever seen. How many complete boxes (or even sets of packs) could have possibly survived? Our best guess: not too many! The records come housed in a bright orange display box bearing illustrations of the four members on the top lid and side panels along with advertising for "Long Eating Licorice Records" at a cost of ten cents each. The display box is bright and clean, with brilliant colors and only a few tiny areas of shelf wear visble. Staining from the licorice has affected the front side panel and the blank white bottom of the box but has no effect on its tremendous display value. This is a superb complete box of these edible Beatles collectibles, worthy of even the most advanced music, Beatles, or nonsport collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,560
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