Rare color photos of Fab Four up for sale

On Aug. 14, 1965, the Beatles made their fourth and final appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” There were several authorized photographers on set shooting black-and-white film, but only one with a color camera, a young man named Howard Grafton. He took six photos — three of the actual television performance, two of the rehearsal, and one of Paul McCartney performing “Yesterday,” for the very first time on television by himself. Well, Gerard Marti and Jennifer Vinklarek, who own the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, recently acquired the exclusive rights to these photographs from the late Grafton’s estate.

There is a limited edition of 25 sets (six images per set), printed on aluminum, signed and numbered. “We have a lot of celebrity-themed art, but there seems to be extra excitement surrounding these items,” says Marti, who urges any interested parties to act quickly.

The sets sell for $4,000 each and several, says Marti, have already been sold, including one set to Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, and another to documentary filmmaker Andrew Solt, who owns the rights to The Ed Sullivan Show library. For information, visit

American Coney and the Michigan primary

Cashing in on Detroit’s coney craze, MSNBC will be on site at American Coney Island to broadcast the “Live with Kate Snow” at 3 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The two-day remote broadcast will focus on Michigan and Tuesday’s primary. On Saturday and Sunday, MSNBC’s host Joy Reid will be on site and broadcast both days. The restaurant will offer exclusive specials on coney meals during the broadcast.

Boswell in front of camera for London mag

Noted Metro Detroit fashion photog Boswell is featured in the current issue of HEDGE, the leading luxury lifestyle magazine based in London, with international roots in the hedge fund world. In a feature story that addresses a popular movement that combines fashion and art, Bos is presented as one of five artists who are leading the way. Well, we’re impressed, and it’s no wonder that when we tried to catch up with Boswell yesterday for a quote, we found him in Paris, where he is attending shows and parties and shooting Paris Fashion Week. “I’m so excited and humbled and honored,” he said. Good job, Bos!

Former Detroiters come home to marry

About five years ago, the very dashing Robert Megargle left Detroit (he lived in Grosse Pointe and was the manager of several restaurants, including Seldom Blues, Mosaic and 24Grille) to join the management team of the newest W Hotel in Manhattan. Since then, he’s worked in Hawaii and is currently director of Operations for W in San Francisco. This month, he’s being featured in the San Francisco Business Times as one of the 2016 40 Under 40, those considered to be the Bay Area’s financial and economic development rising stars. The publication comes out on March 11. If that’s not enough, on Saturday Bob will marry Deidre DiFazio (originally from Northville and also lives in the Bay Area) in a lavish celebration at an undisclosed Detroit location. Big congrats to you, Bob!

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