Rare snapshots of the Beatles in concert at Shea Stadium, New York in 1965 has fetched $48,000 (£30,000) at auction in Cheshire, England.

The photos were taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, who used a home made press pass to bluff his way backstage.

The 61 black and white images were expected to go under the hammer for an estimated $32,000 (£20,000).

An avid Beatles collector living in Washington landed the set at the Omega Auctions sale.

Other highlights included the original stereo pressing of the Beatles' 1963 debut album Please Please Me, which sold for $12,000 (£7,552) and a collection of 65 unpublished colour slides of The Beatles taken by physicist Dr Robert Beck, which went under the hammer for $43,400 (£27,140).