In 1965, amateur photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get police to escort him stage-side at the historic Beatles concert in Shea Stadium. Now, almost 50 years later, he has sold all 61 of the images he captured there for a whopping £30,000 (or about $45,500). The story involves a little bit of bravery, a little bit of trickery, and a lot of luck.
I just blended with everybody there. I had a method of operation; I just acted like I belonged. Anybody in authority, I would look the other way.
The method seemed to work for him, because he was ultimately able to trick police men into escorting him right to the front of the stage. That’s where, as luck would have it, the only other photographer present happen to run out of film, which is probably why the photos sold a few days ago through Omega Auctions for about £10,000 more than anticipated.
The winner of the auction was Paul Fairweatherm, a “huge collector of Beatles memorabilia” who currently resides in Washington with 61 new black and white photos of his favorite band and about 45,500 fewer dollars to his name.