A rare set of photos taken by an amateur photographer of the Beatles' 1965 concert at the Shea Stadium, New York have been sold at an auction for £30000 (~ $47000). Photographer Marc Weinstein used a fake press pass to get a spot next to the stage. According to Weinsten, in a feature published by the BBC, the only other photographer present at the show ran out of film during the concert. Weinstein's 61 pictures fetched £30,680, compared with a pre-sale estimate of £15,000-£20,000.

The Beatles performing at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965. The show was the biggest ever
pop concert by any band up to that date.

In an article published at Examiner.com from 2009, Marc Weinstein recalled how he used the fake press pass to ease his way to the stage area for this legendary show with no resistance from the police. The BBC quotes him from that article, 'I just blended with everybody there. I just acted like I belonged. Anybody in authority, I would look the other way.' If only that sort of access were possible with today's big stars...

Marc Weinstein (third from left), photographing the Beatles at Shea Stadium. - Photo via the Examiner.com