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Photos: Rare Beatles photos up for auction

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  1. Fab Four

    The Beatles giving their back to the camera in 1964. This picture, taken by the photographer Mike Mitchell when he was 18, is part of a collection of 50 unpublished and never-before-seen photographs of the Beatles' first visits to the United States in 1964. The works were unveiled on June 10 at Christie's auction house in London and will go under the hammer at its New York branch on July 20. (Mike Mitchell/Christie's / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Making a point

    This shot of Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon, taken by Mike Mitchell in 1964, is part of the collection of photos being auctioned at Christie's in New York on July 20. (Mike Mitchell / Christie's / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Ax man

    George Harrison plays the guitar during a concert in 1964. This picture, taken by the photographer Mike Mitchell when he was 18 years old, is part of a collection of previously unpublished photos of the Beatles that are going up for auction at Christie's in New York. (Mike Mitchell/Christie's / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Yeah, yeah, yeah

    In this shot from Mike Mitchell's collection, Ringo Starr playing his drums during a concert in 1964. (Mike Mitchell/Christie's / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Man behind the camera

    Photographer Mike Mitchell stands by some of his shots of The Beatles that are being exhibited at a hotel in London. The collection of 50 pictures entitled 'Beatles Illuminated' is expected to sell for $100,000 when they are auctioned in New York on July 20. (Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: New photos of the Fab Four surface

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    >>> the year was 1964 and beatle mania waz at a frenzy here in the states. they arrived at jfk airport to thousands of screaming fans and gave their first concert at the washington coliseum and it was there at a young photographer captured never before seen photos. the photos stashed away for nearly 50 years. mike mitchell took the photos when he was just 18. he joins us now with cathy . you were 18, you had a press pass. pretty cool access here. when you took these photos, what was your intent?

    >> i was shooting for myself just for myself. no magazine assignment. i wanted to do portraits of these guys. they were an unknown species.

    >> you stashed the photos away, i assume you didn't forget about them, but just didn't think about them.

    >> recently went looking for them in the basement.

    >> i want to pull up some of your favorites. the first is this kind of iconic fab four look here. yeah.

    >> this is from the back.

    >> i think that is the summery statement from that whole experience and, interestingly, i didn't even remember that i'd done it.

    >> so, you looked at that and didn't even realize. another one of john lennon on the guitar sequence here that is a great shot, as well.

    >> that is one of my favorites. only recently assembled that way. and the 18-year-old kid wanted to do a great portrait of the great person and i think this fulfills his dreams.

    >> ringo starr on the drums. his hair flopping. this is a great, great picture.

    >> thank you.

    >> cathy , as we continue to look at these. another one here of a police officer that, this guy got bullets in his ear here to keep the sound out. when you saw these pictures for the first time, did you realize their intrinsic value ?

    >> i realized i hit the jackpot on this. at first blush, they're just incredible photos. great composition and great use of light and memorable portraits. but what i was amazed at is that mike was 18 at the time. incredible photographer at a very early age.

    >> some technology had to come to bear to make these in a way that you could print them for auctio correct?

    >> we used a digital resource for the picture, digital files, but they were converted back to silver prints, the old way that photography used to be done.

    >> cathy , what is the value? what do you expect these photos to go for?

    >> we're saying about $100,000. the sky's the limit here. we estimated them very conservatively here. mike is not a known photographer in the context of this type of work and these are so unique that we wanted to make them accessible for almost everyone but, hopefully, these are going to skyrocket.

    >> mike, as you showed these to people over years did people say, dude, you should be selling these?

    >> yeah, they did. and it just, it just had to be the right time. you know, i think now is the time.

    >> they're great photos. we're glad you're sharing them with the rest of us. mike and

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