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The mood captured on film is best described as the calm before the storm. The photographs are taken by Astrid Kirchherr and show Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison on vacation together in 1963. One month before their album "Please, Please Me" hit number one in the charts and remained there for a full 30 weeks. The band members were sent on vacation by their manager in order to recover from a tough year of touring, recording and the tragic death of band member Stuart Sutcliffe.

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Kirchherr originally planned to print the series in an edition of 100, but ended up only printing 15. The series is made up of 11 photographs, all signed by Astrid Kirchherr and numbered 11/100. As far as Heritage's Eric Bradley knows, this series from Tenerife has never been sold at auction before. The sale will take place on December 5 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas and the photographs are estimated to sell for $10,000 and up.

 

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In the series you can see the band members in shirts and swim trunks, Paul McCartney with a band-aid on his nose to protect him from the sun and an intimate moment between Harrison and Kirchherr. In one photograph another person on vacation is seen walking past the Beatles without showing them any interest at all.

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Beatlemania really started only a few weeks after the photographs were taken, they show three very relaxed Beatles without any bodyguards out in public. Something that the now world famous musicians would never be able to do only a few months later.

 

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