Unseen Collection of Beatles and Rolling Stones Photographs For Sale on eBay

The Beatles play with a balloon. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.
The Beatles play with a balloon. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.

A rare collection of behind-the-scenes photographs of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles is to be sold on eBay.

The collection of 2,700 Stones and 750 Beatles snapshots were photographed by the band’s tour manager Bob Bonis, a keen amateur photographer. The British musicians sought an experienced American manager to organize their travels in the U.S., and succeeded in convincing Bonis to take on the role.

Throughout the numerous tours, Bonis photographed several intimate and private moments with the legendary rock stars in their heyday. In 1965 the manager left his job as a tour manager and stored the photos in his basement. He died in 1992.

Sixteen years later, in 2008, his son Alex rediscovered the one-of-a-kind archive, and partnered with Kurt Benjamin of the L.A.-based Rare Rock Archives to create the Bonis Archive.

Mick Jagger Sizing Up the Competition, Savannah, Georgia, May 1965. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.

Mick Jagger Sizing Up the Competition, Savannah, Georgia, May 1965. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.

“We’re not in the merchandise business,” Benjamin told the Observer. “We will never do an open edition of any photos from our archive ever.”

And so the Bonis Archive is going on sale in limited editions of between 50 and 250 at prices ranging between $175 and $625. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Grammy Museum.

The increasing viability of online art sales and the unparalleled reach that the Internet provides convinced Benjamin to offer the prints on eBay in order to target as many people as possible, and make the photographs accessible to fans all over the world.

Paul McCarthy performing in concert with the Beatles. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.

Paul McCarthy performing in concert with the Beatles. Photo courtesy of the Bob Bonic Archive.

The plan is to release new photographs from the 5,000 image archive—most of which have never been seen—on eBay over the next two years.

“These images,” Gene Cook, general manager of emerging verticals for eBay Marketplaces, said in a statement, “offer a remarkable backstage pass to truly amazing, very human moments.”


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