We may neverget to see the inside of Beyoncé's self-proclaimed "crazy archive" — the one she revealed to GQ in her 2013 cover story that contains every trace of her career, from photos and videos to interviews and diary entries — but now someone out there can get there hands on a piece of Beyoncé's archives that not even Beyoncé has. Specifically, the 19 videotapes that just hit the London auction house, Ted Owen & Co, which capture the earliest days of Beyoncé's career.
The clips, which amount to over two and a half hours, capture the iconic singer's rise as a 10-year-old in 1992 when she was just starting out with Girls Tyme. "Ready? Play the music!," she confidently says in one of the clips, "We need to do the second one one time then we go to that one."
"Can we get some longer takes?," a man from behind the camera asks.
"No, we don't have the rest recorded," she tells him. "That's all we have."
Even at 10, Beyoncé was fully in control of her own art and image, as the trailer for the unearthed footage shows. Outside of a young Bey taking directorial matters into her own hands, the videos — which were socked away in storage for two decades — also include "rehearsals, performances and outtakes," the singer's covers of “Talkin’ Bout My Baby”, “Sunshine”, “Say It Ain’t So” and “Sweet Young Tender," and footage of Beyonce and later ousted Destiny's Child member LaTavia Roberson hanging out in a mall, The FADER notes. Additionally, the footage up for auction on March 13 at 7 p.m. GMT also contains "the edited master tapes and work in progress tapes from Beyoncé’s first two music video productions."
As for who will end up with it, Beyoncé — and her husband Jay Z, who casually dropped over $100,000 on a night out with friends over the weekend — clearly has the capital to outbid most interested parties. But, she might already has the footage, considering how deep her own archive is. As writer Amy Wallace wrote in her GQ profile, the "temperature-controlled digital-storage facility" has "virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop." Still, it wouldn't be surprising if Beyoncé bought the footage simply to own it and let it collect dust in her vault. After all, there are few people out there who are as in control of their own life as her. See: Lemonade.