Courtesy of Omega AuctionsPreviously unseen footage of The Beatles performing in Montreal during the band’s first North American tour in 1964 will go up for bid in the U.K. as part of a March 18 memorabilia sale hosted by Omega Auctions.
According to OmegaAuctions.co.uk, the 8-millimeter film was shot at the Fab Four’s September 8, 1964, show by the father of a member of The Four Frenchmen, a Canadian group that was one of the support acts at the concert.
The 10-minute film, which is the only known footage from the event, was discovered recently in a drawer by the grandson of the man who shot it after he passed away. The flick includes onstage and behind-the-scenes clips of The Beatles, as well as footage of the band during a post-show press conference.
The film is expected to fetch at least 10,000 pounds, or about $12,500, at the auction. The winning bidder will receive the full copyright to the footage.
Omega Auctions executive Paul Fairweather says of the flick, “This is an incredible find of great historical importance as there is no known footage from this performance, together with the fact that it is so clear and in color, which is rare for the early ’60s.” You can check out a 10-second clip of the film at the auction house’s official YouTube channel.
The sale will take place at Omega Auctions’ Warrington branch outside of Liverpool as part of an auction dubbed “The Beatles Collection,” which is scheduled to begin at noon local time on March 18.
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