Beach Boys memorabilia auctioned in Bal Harbour

Collection could sell for $6 million

By Kristi Krueger - Anchor/Health Reporter
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BAL HARBOUR, Fla. - You may have missed the 60s, but you can now see treasures from the Beach Boys' rise to fame right here in South Florida.

Among the collection is a $990,000 royalty check for "Surfin' USA," just one of the songs that made the band's California sound famous.

"I think it's the largest memorabilia collection that been been auctioned off," said collection representative Baruch Halpern..  "As I understand it, this collection for the Beatles would be over $100 million."

In fact, the Beatles at one point were the only group to outsell the Beach Boys.

Included in the sale are 150 original music manuscripts of their greatest hits.

The collection was found in a Bal Harbour storage locker and after a long legal battle for control, is finally available to the public.

It's rare that such a large collection of a rock and roll band's early history is saved and available for purchase.  It could be sold for as much as $6 million.

After binding arbitration, the Beach Boys will receive a small piece of the sale. 

Bidding closes May 15th.

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