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                    ITEM #1
Description/Format: 33 1/3 LP
Artist / Band Name: The Beatles
Title(s): The Beatles Second Album
Record Company/Catalog #: Capitol T2080
First Press Date/This Press Date: 1964
Country of Origin: U.S.
Physical Description: Described as “minor scratches, but
overall very good condition.” Cover
is “very good. Some minor splits in
seam.”
Additional Comments: All the original Capitol Beatles
albums are more desirable in
monaural, which this copy is. A
near mint copy that would include
the original Capitol innersleeve
could bring close to $200. The
condition of your record is more
commonly seen, but it still retains
collectible value.
Market Value Range: $35-$45
[Lower price adjustments required for condition less than “Near Mint.” Greater price may be required for purchase in premium retail circumstances and in contentious auctions.]
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                    ITEM #1
Description/Format: 4-disc 78 rpm set
Artist / Band Name: Sir Thomas Beecham and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Title(s): Kurt Atterberg — Symphony No. 6 in C major
Record Company/Catalog #: Columbia 9068-71
First Press Date/This Press Date: 1928
Country of Origin: U.S.
Physical Description: The discs are described as in
“excellent condition with just a few
marks in the area of the label only.”
The “hard-bound cover is in very
good condition.” An information
sheet included is also in “good
condition, though the paper is
becoming fragile.”
Additional Comments: Generally, classical music 78s are
not worth much in the collector
fields. The reissues of 78s onto CD
is pervasive, and classical music
lovers prefer to hear the cleaned-up
versions in the new format.

That being said, there are classical
78s that command a premium.
These fall into two categories:
Original works and performances
that have not been reissued on CD,
and Historically important issues.

Your Atterberg symphony is a
notable historical artifact. Here is
some background information:
Kurt Magnus Atterberg (December 12, 1887 - February 15, 1974) was a Swedish composer. He is best known for his symphonies, operas and ballets.

For the Schubert centenary in 1928, the Columbia Gramophone Company sponsored a competition for a symphony completing or inspired by Schubert’s Unfinished, and Atterberg won the first prize of $10,000 with his Symphony No. 6. The symphony was recorded by Sir Thomas Beecham, and Atterberg later recorded it himself.

The Sixth Symphony of 1927-1928 is sometimes nicknamed the “Dollar Symphony” due to the $10,000 prize Atterberg won in an international competition sponsored by the Columbia Gramophone Company of New York (he later used it to buy a car). It was during the occasion commemorating the centenary of Schubert's death.

The work was adversely affected by a stir created by Olin Downes, an influential American critic who deemed the work as plagiaristic. But the symphony made Atterberg an internationally known figure thanks largely to both the advocacies of Beecham and Toscanini. The symphony possesses a genuine sweep (especially in the first movement).

But the second movement, in the worlds of Nielsen and Arnold in places, is quite a masterpiece. It has a rather strong nationalistic feeling to it mixed in with subdued eloquence and passion (the beginning with muted strings and clarinet solo is especially enticing). The finale, somewhat a rondo, is robust and conveys an innocent sense of gaiety.

My research has not shown any
recent sales of this set, though it is
well-known to aficionados. Atterberg
conducted his own version later in
1928, and a copy of this on German
Polydor was auctioned for $228 in
2004. An EMI-Sweden CD reissue of
the Beecham performance is
available.

Given the volatility of the market, it
is conceivable the proper placement
of this item could generate
considerable interest. But I would
recommend judicious inquiries with
reputable dealers before making any
hasty decisions.
Market Value Range: U.S.$15-$200
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                    ITEM #1
Description/Format: Handbill
Artist / Band Name: Monroe Brothers
Date: 1938
Country of Origin: U.S.
Physical Description: Described as “original 8x10 handbill
for Monroe Brothers concert at
Taylorsville, NC for May 1, 1938.”
Photo of Monroe Brothers in center.
Condition: Fair
Additional Comments: Country & Western-related
memorabilia such as these handbills
are generally tougher to price
because the market is much smaller.
Music poster collectors tend to
ignore them, and C&W collectors are
fewer. Still, these appear to be very
nice items, with strong historical
interest. The addition of
photographs of the musicians is a
strong asset.

The disappointing aspect is your
stated condition of “Fair,” by which I
assume this means a combination of
dirt, tears, wrinkles, fades, or
otherwise an item that is well-used
or damaged. Their rarity is a
counterbalance to this, however,
and if all the printing and images are
clear and visible so much the better.
Market Value Range: $100-$200 for VG+ to Near Fine,
$25-$100 for lesser condition.
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