twelve previously unseen beyoncé videos are up for auction
Own a piece of pop history.
London auction house Ted Owen & Co has announced it will be selling a collection of previously unreleased Beyoncé videos, comprising 2.5 hours of "never before seen" footage on 12 Betacam cassettes. The tapes feature a young Knowles practicing with Destiny's Child founding member LaTavia Robertson for their original group, Girls Tyme. The foundational footage shows the group in 1992, a year before they appeared in an episode of TV talent show Star Search — a moment which was featured, two decades later, in Bey's clip for "Flawless."
A preview clip released by Ted Owen depicts the deity-in-training honing her feisty stage presence at just ten years old, while decked out in some pretty stellar day-glo 'fits. The complete footage promises "Beyoncé playing to camera in several locations," "rehearsing for a live performance in addition to performing at an artists showcase in San Francisco," and "working on dance routines for what was intended to be her first professionally recorded music video."
The auction will run from November 29 through early January, and bidding on this piece of pop history will begin at a hefty price. Ted Owen & Co values the collection at a cool $3.8 million — roughly equivalent to the gross revenue of certain nights on Beyoncé's Formation tour. Oh, and that doesn't include the Betacam cassette player you'll need to watch the footage. Though the original seller of the tapes remains anonymous, many fans on Twitter have made the same speculation. While we eagerly wait for a more endowed hive-member to cough up the funds, peep Beyoncé's latest video for free here.
Photo via Ted Owen & Co