Fri, 12th Apr 2013 10:00

The Angus McBean Collection

Lot 30

Sold for £11,000

Lot details

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


How to bid

You can register and bid live while the auction is taking place through our LSKlive portal which becomes available half an hour before the auction is due to start.  WE DO NOT CHARGE FOR THIS SERVICE. This  platform uses technology and is completely secure.  Once you have registered your details through our website, you won't need to re-register for future sales - just sign in and start bidding!  Please note that if you register for our auction on first, then you will be liable for their 4.95% plus VAT fee.

You can bid through our website or email commission bids to (include your full contact details, lot number and bid amount). Telephone bids can be booked for lots with an estimate of £300+, please call our offices to arrange this.

Of course, you are also very welcome to come along on the day!  We are located in the heart of beautiful Bury St Edmunds and have our own car park.  

ARR - Artist's Resale Rights of 4% are applied to works of art by a UK/EEA living artist or an artist who has died within the last 70 years, which sell for over £1000. 

At YOUR liability, we offer a fully tracked postage & packing service within mainland UK and across the globe for most items. We use APC Couriers and everything is sent 24 hour tracked and signed for.  Our standard mainland UK charge is £20 for up to 3 lots, and £1.50 per lot thereafter, regardless of weight (max.30kg). Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland & the islands - £25 for up to 3 lots then £1.50 per lot thereafter Some exclusions apply for larger lots such as dinner services, please contact our offices for a quote with regards to larger or bulkier lots.  Jewellery, watches, coins and high value small items will be sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery with maximum insurance of £2500.  

Please note that this service is NOT insured, therefore if purchasers require further cover, then they must arrange this themselves. Alternatively we can send by Parcelforce 48 with insurance charged at £4 upto £500 cover, £8-£1000 cover, £12-£1500 and £20-£2500 cover. Lacy Scott & Knight accept no liability for items which are damaged or lost during postage, and cannot and will not assist in any claims unless insurance cover has been taken out. If you instruct your own courier packing is charged at £8 per parcel. Please give clear instructions when settling your account as to your shipping requirements so that we can process full payment and ship within 10 working days.

You can simply add your postage costs to your invoice amount by bank transfer or when paying online

Please note that Lacy Scott & Knight DO NOT accept any liability for loss or damage, however caused.  For, fragile or high value items, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND contacting Mail Boxes Etc email or 01245 262527 or we can pack for an alternative courier (£8 per parcel).  For larger items such as furniture Alban Shipping email or 01582 493099  

For further postage queries or global quotes please contact


Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.