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An Iconic Stolen Piece of Beatles Memorabilia Is Up For Auction

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

One of the biggest bands in the world, the Beatles are iconic for several reasons. Their music has lived on for generations and anything related to their legacy is nearly priceless.

As a testament to this fact, one of the band’s most legendary pieces of memorabilia is up for auction for an estimated price of $15,000 to $25,000.

A pilfered tablecloth that has doodles by the members, made on the night of their last live concert together, is being auctioned off by Bonhams. On the iconic night, the Fab Four and musician Joan Baez sat down for a catered dinner at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. During the night, the group had food and drinks while doodling on the white tablecloth.

“At some point in the time the band had before going on stage, the Beatles sat down to dinner with Joan Baez and others, to eat around this tablecloth, doodling and writing on the cloth in between eating their food,” reads the Bonhams listing, “As the scene unfolded around the table, the band were experiencing mixed feelings of relief and celebration,” it said. “The significance of that night was not lost on the band and Lennon and McCartney both carried cameras on to the stage with them to record the moment.”

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The 14X17 and a half inch cotton tablecloth bears food and drink stains from the night, along with autographs and several “acid-inspired doodles” and portraits by the musicians. This includes a sketch of a hairy man on a bicycle next to some wheels by John Lennon.

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Later, the caterer for the night, Joe Vilardi, saved the tablecloth and proudly hung it in his storefront. That is until the glass was smashed one unfortunate day and the legendary tablecloth was stolen. Reportedly, the Vilardi family spent 55 years looking for it to no avail.

But after nearly giving up hope of ever seeing the historic tablecloth again, it was returned to Vilardi’s grandson earlier this year by someone claiming that it was given to them in lieu of debt payment.

Now one lucky Beatles fan can proudly own a piece of the band’s history!