Sold for £11,000
Angus MCBEAN - Studio Visitors Book with over 1100 signatures from 1949 to 1968, almost all associated with the entertainment industry, some having added comments. Singers including The Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr; Cliff Richard (twice); Tommy Steele; Adam Faith; Maria Callas; Joan Sutherland; Kathleen Ferrier; and ballerina Margot Fonteyne. Comedians including Spike Milligan; Frankie Howerd; Bruce Forsyth; and Ken Dodd with some typical Knotty Ash comments. Playwrights including Agatha Christie; John Osborne; T S Eliot; Tennessee Williams; and Ivor Novello. A full page flourishing Cecil Beaton signature. Actors and Film Stars including Marlene Dietrich; Katherine Hepburn; Richard Burton; Alec Guinness; Laurence Olivier; Mary Martin; and Larry Hagman. The book is approx 33 x 25cm, bound in full green morocco with gilt edges by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, the front hinge (internal) is damaged, otherwise very good. The Beatles signatures appear very early in 1963 and this is almost certainly their first major photo shoot for the cover of their debut LP Please Please Me which was done by Angus McBean. The purchaser of the Visitors Book will also get two 'Rotation Books' which were negative indexes with dates on which sitters were photographed; however not all names in the rotation books are in the album as some were photographed at different venues and some did not sign. The rotation books have been of some use identifying signatures and some of the other interesting signatures are listed as follows; Peggy ASHCROFT, John ASHTON, Ruby M AYRES, Hermione BADDELY, Michael BATES, James BAXTER, BEVERLEY SISTERS, Claire BLOOM, Denys BLAKELOCK, Elizabeth BOWEN, Bernard BRADEN (and Barbara KELLY), James BRIDIE, Tony BRITTON, Brenda BRUCE, Dora BRYAN, Ursula BLOOM, Pearl CARR, Phyllis CALVERT, Eddie CALVERT, Russ CONWAY, Billy COTTON, George CHISHOLM, Alma COGAN, Peggy CUMMINS, Cicely COURTNEIDGE, Anne CRAWFORD, Denis COMPTON, Jeanne de CASALIS, Linda CHRISTIAN, Florence DESMOND, Norman DEL MAR, Maurice DENHAM, Edith EVANS, Fred EMNEY, Jimmy EDWARDS, Polly ELWES, Tudor EVANS, Lovat FRASER, Peter FINCH, Bryan FORBES, Fenella FIELDING, Douglas FAIRBANKS, Patricia FOY, Ann FORD, Andrew FAULDS, FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS, Hermione GINGOLD, Peter GELHORN, Ram GOPAL, Joyce GRENFELL, Max GELDRAY, Marius GORING, Robert HELPMANN, Edmund HOCKRIDGE, Gilbert HARDING, Gerard HOPKINS, Michael HORDEN, Robert HARDY, Irene HANDL, Jack HULBERT, Jane HYLTON, Laurence HARVEY, Stanly HOLLOWAY, Anthony IRELAND, Glynis JOHNS, Rosamund JOHN, Isabel JEANS, Helen JACOBSEN, Max JAFFA, Eileen JOYCE, Collie KNOX, Kay KENDAL, Maurice KAUFMAN, Ted KAVANAGH, Billy J KRAMER, Lupino LANE, Hugh LATIMER, Vanessa LEE, John LE MESURIER, John LEHMANN, Eric LANDER, Roger LIVESY, Vera LYNN, Geoff LOVE, Margaret LEIGHTON, Oliver MESSEL, John Mills (and Mary Hayley BELL), Sandy MACPHERSON, W MCQUEEN POPE, Kenneth MACKINTOSH, Compton MACKENZIE, Robert MORLEY, Ruby MURRAY, Millicent MARTIN, Walter MIDGLEY, Charles MORGAN, Jessie MATTHEWS, Geraldine MCEWAN, Hank MARVIN, Hayley MILLS, Beverley NICHOLLS, Robert NESBITT, Dennis PRICE, Wilfred PICKLES & Mabel PICKLES, Donald PEERS, Eric PORTMAN, Anna POLLOCK, Tyrone POWER, Dorita Y PEPE, Joan PLOWRIGHT, Val PARNELL, Derek QUINN, Beryl REID, Terence RATTIGAN, Vanessa REDGRAVE, Michael REDGRAVE, Corin REDGRAVE, Edmundo ROS, Denise ROBINS, Paul ROBESON, Penelope REED, Nancy SPAIN, Robert SEWELL, Ronald SHINER, Victor SILVESTER, Jean SIMMONS, Rosemary SQUIRES, John SLATER, Helen SHAPIRO, Dorothy TUTIN, Sybil
THORNDIKE, David TOMLINSON, Ann TODD, Malcolm VAUGHAN, Marty WILDE, Emlyn WILLIAMS, Irene WORTH, Elizabeth WELCH, Diana WYNARD, Chester WILMOT, Mat ZETTERLING and Doris ZINKEISEN (1)
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