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1965 Pro Integration Beatles Contract Sells For $23K

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SANTA MONICA (CBS) — A contract for a 1965 Beatles concert that states the group will not perform before a segregated audience has sold for more than $23,000.

The Nate D. Sanders auction house of Santa Monica says the contract was auctioned in online bidding that closed Tuesday. The buyer’s name was not disclosed.

Sanders had expected the contract to fetch $3,000 to $5,000.

The document lays out the terms for the Beatles’ 1965 appearance at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.

Among other things, it demands that 150 police officers be brought in to provide security.

The year before, the Beatles threatened to cancel a concert at Florida’s Gator Bowl after the band learned the audience was to be segregated. Band members agreed to perform only after officials assured them the crowd would be integrated.

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