The Beatles are still bringing in the big bucks. A rare, original mono pressing of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" signed by all four Beatles has sold for $175,698 according to New Hampshire`s RR Auction.
The album was signed for a porter at the Atlantic Hotel in Newquay, England, where the Beatles were staying during the filming of "Magical Mystery Tour" -- despite the hotel manager's admonition to the staff to not bother the group.
Autograph expert Frank Caiazzo authenticated the signatures, noting that "fully autographed 'Sgt. Pepper' LP covers are quite rare and considered by many collectors to be the holy grail of signed rock and roll albums."
The buyer's identity has not been revealed.
The surviving Beatles, meanwhile, are gearing up for a busy Grammy Awards week in Los Angeles: on Monday (January 20), Ringo Starr will receive the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award from the David Lynch Foundation; Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison will attend the Recording Academy Special Awards Ceremony on January 25, where the Beatles will receive a 2014 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; Starr and Paul McCartney will perform -- separately, according to officials -- at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards on January 26; and CBS will tape "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on January 27, airing February 9.