The Beatles - Print: The Beatles in Bel Air, California, August 23-24, 1964 #1 (20" x 24" Limited Edition of 50 Prints) [Bob Bonis Archive]

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20 x 24" print (the image size is 15" x 20" plus a white border) in a hand-numbered edition of only 50 prints. ONCE AN EDITION SELLS OUT IT WILL NEVER BE REPRINTED!

In a captivating moment of total playfulness, all four Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - are photographed on vacation in Bel Air, California on August 23-24, 1964. With such an intense schedule, downtime was a luxury, yet this mini-vacation almost didn't happen. In town for their August 23 historic show at the famous Hollywood Bowl, the boys soon found out that L.A. wasn't exactly willing to roll out the red carpet. Lockheed Airport in Burbank refused to let their plane land, and The Ambassador Hotel cancelled their reservations out of fear of being inundated with crazed fans. Luckily, British actor Reginald Owen offered up his Bel Air manse for the bargain price of $1,000. While in town, the Beatles hit up the iconic Whisky A Go Go club with Jane Mansfield, where George Harrison infamously threw a drink at the paparazzi, but hit Mamie Van Doren instead. They also met Burt Lancaster, with Ringo Starr dressed like a cowboy wielding toy guns that were reportedly gifts from Elvis Presley. Upon seeing Ringo, Burt quipped, "What have you got there? Kids' stuff!" He later sent Ringo two real guns and a holster, which Ringo loved: "I just wanted to be a cowboy." This photo captures four boys who just wanted to play - and the fact that both the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon have their arms outstretched, reaching skyward, is a really beautiful statement.

This photograph was taken by Bob Bonis, who was the U.S. Tour Manager for both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones from 1964 through 1966. This is a Limited Edition fine art photograph, derived from the original negative or slide, and is printed on professional grade Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper by the master printers at Duggal Visual Solutions in New York. Thanks to his unequaled access and gifted eye for composition, Bob Bonis captured thousands of unguarded, candid and iconic photographs of the two most important groups in the history of popular music. The majority of these images have never been seen or published and most are available here as Limited Edition fine art prints for the FIRST TIME!

These fine art photographs are custom printed to order and require a high level of expertise and intense attention to detail, all delivered by Duggal Visual Solutions in New York City. As these are not "off-the-shelf" items an order may take up to 10 business days to print and ship. Once printed each photograph is inspected to ensure a perfect print it is then hand-numbered and is embossed with the official Bob Bonis signature seal, as authorized by The Bob Bonis Estate. It is then placed in a rigid acid-free acrylic sleeve to protect it from fingerprints and other damage

Each photograph is accompanied by a package that contains the following documents:

  • A hand-numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity from The GRAMMY Museum attesting to the fact that each print is derived from the original negative or slide, and stating the size and print number you have purchased
  • A Congratulations letter from The Bob Bonis Archive
  • The story of The Bob Bonis Archive
  • The backstory of your specific photograph or event information
  • Suggestions on framing your Bob Bonis Photograph

Watermarks: The Bob Bonis Archive logo that appears on the lower right corner of the photos pictured above is only a watermark and WILL NOT APPEAR on the actual print you receive.

What Your Actual Prints Will Look Like: Your actual prints are custom printed on either 11"" x 14"", 16"" x 20"" or 20"" x 24"" professional grade Fujicolor Crystal Archive Paper, depending on which size photograph you purchase. Each print has the image centered on the paper, with a white border, and is hand-numbered with your specific print number and the edition size directly below the image on the left bottom side as shown in the examples below. The official Bob Bonis Signature Seal is embossed in the lower right-hand corner of the paper."

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