Unseen Beatles behind the scenes footage from 'Help!' is now up for auction

Publish Date
Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 1:12PM
Photo / via www.rrauction.com with edits

Photo / via www.rrauction.com with edits

Never-seen-before 8-mm footage of The Beatles has surfaced and is already up for action.

The rare footage from the band's 1965 feature film Help! had a starting bid of $1,000 through Boston-based RR Auction as part of their "Remarkable Rarities" series.

They're estimating that the 3:17-minute clip could go for more than $10K.

RR Auction said that the silent black-and-white footage — “from the personal archive of a member of the production crew or a possible friend of The Beatles” who filmed it on May 3, 1965 — was acquired from a “Dublin-based collector who purchased it off eBay.”

This long-buried Beatles footage from behind the scenes of "Help!" is being auctioned until Feb. 24. Photo via www.rrauction.com

The clip also is said to show moments where all four Beatles were joking around according to the listing description, "In this footage, they are not performing for the camera, but engaging with cast and crew, noodling on their instruments, and joking around on set. Notably, the footage shows John Lennon clowning around with director Richard Lester, who went on to direct two classic ‘Superman’ movies of the 1980s."

“I’ve seen my fair share of rare Beatles artefacts, but this 8 mm film is something special because it captures the sheer joy of the Fabs,” said Bobby Livingston, RR Auction executive vice president.

The rare behind-the-scenes Beatles footage from “Help!” is expected to go for $10,000 or more. Photo via www.rrauction.com

You can check out the full listing HERE.

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