An autographed picture of the Beatles was auctioned off in England early this month. No big deal. But what was discovered afterward is interesting – especially if you’re a George fan.
The Daily Mail reports one Harry Bartlett donated the photograph, which was given to his daughter Ann prior to her death from leukemia at the height of Beatlemania. In an attempt to get the photograph to the dying girl in a timely manner, Harrison forged all three of his bandmates’ signatures.
“We’ve sent it to a handwriting expert and it’s just about 100 per cent certain that they were done by George,” said Andrew Bullock of Keys, the auctioneering entity.
“There are quite a few photographs in existence with autographs that were all signed by George. He got quite good at doing it.
“In this case, where you have got this poor girl who is terminally ill, he was probably aware of the situation and thought he should get it sent off as soon as possible.”
The photograph, as well as a shot of George with a more personal note scrawled on it, sold for £1,300; the proceeds will be donated to the University of East Anglia for leukemia research.
Click here to see the photographs George sent to Ann.