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The "White Album" was the Beatles last album released on Capitol Records and the first Beatles album for Apple Records, A double album, it was released on November 25, 1968. First issue covers had the title "The BEATLES" in raised letters, the covers were numbered and the discs had an Apple label with a Capitol Records logo in white around the perimeter. Later issues were not numbered and the discs also lacked the Capitol Records logo. Each album was issued with two discs, a large poster and four glossy photos: one of each Beatle. First issues also included a color protective sheet.

Although some mysteries surrounding the numbering of “The White Album” covers remain, there are certain things well established. As one would expect, low numbered covers are worth a hefty premium. And you really can't get much lower than 'A0000005.' An early batch of albums, specifically those numbered 'A 0000001 to A 0000025' was sent to Capitol Records president Stan Gortikov in mid-November 1968. Gortikov sent this box to George Harrison at Apple's Savile Row headquarters. He told George that he was sending 'those copies of the new U.S. Beatles album that are serially numbered 'A 0000001 to A 0000025' as personal souvenirs for you and selected friends. I have personally taken the number A0000005 because I am a friend too. Besides, I love the music.' Gortikov left the first four numbers for the Beatles, but pulled the next lowest number for himself!

Offered here today is that exact copy, one of legend and myth in Beatles collecting circles. The iconic A0000005 which was given to president Stanley Gortikov in November 1968.

The album itself is in good condition, with some minor scratches on the surface on the cover, minor wear on the edges and some discoloration on the back, but what do you expect for an album almost 60 years old!

This album does not come with the actual vinyl or the poster.

A serious “Holy Grail” item for Beatles fans. A must-have for any serious collector.

Provenance: From Jim Gortikov, Stanley Gortikov’s son.

Authentication: Letter of Provenance from Jim Gortikov and a Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
The Beatles White Album No. 0000005 Extremely Low Number Capitol Records President Stanley Gortikov’s Copy! (Who Signed the Beatles)
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