Almost 50 years after the Beatles dazzled their first American audience, we're getting to see a batch of concert photographs never before published.
The photos are the work of Mike Mitchell, who was 18 years old when the Beatles performed at the Washington, DC, Coliseum on February 11, 1964. Mitchell -- who worked for a now-defunct DC magazine -- scored a press pass and had unrestricted access to the stage. He took full advantage, snapping scores of black-and-white photographs of John, George, Paul and Ringo, individually and together.
The photos capture the Beatles' energy and appeal. Mitchell -- who'd stored the negatives in his basement and forgotten about them for years -- digitized the images and transferred them back to gelatin silver prints.
Christie's auction house in New York is auctioning the photos at starting prices of between $1,000 and $6,000 each. The auction takes place July 20.