Artwork by The Beatles up for auction
By Richard Alleyne, The Daily Telegraph
January 11, 2008
'Peace To Monterey' artwork by the Beatles, 1967.
George Harrison: an Indian suit.
An autographed copy of 'Paul McCartney Composer/Artist'
Artwork created by The Beatles for the world's first ever rock festival is expected to fetch nearly £400,000 at auction next week
The drawing for the programme of the Monterey Rock and Pop Festival in 1967 was created by all four members of the group.
Produced at the height of the Summer of Love, it features the words peace and love as well as lyrics from the Frank Sinatra song It Happened In Monterey.
The festival, the precursor of events such as Glastonbury, took place in California and was organised by Michelle and John Phillips from the Mamas and Papas as well as record producer Alan Paiser.
The Beatles, along with The Beach Boys, were on the organising board although they did not perform because they had given up touring a year earlier. Eventual highlights included performances by Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and The Who.
More than 200,000 people attended the event which is regarded as the beginning of the hippie movement. LSD use was widespread, and led to its nickname Monterey Purple.
Other highlights of next Tuesday's sale at Bonhams include a silk Indian suit owned by George Harrison, which is expected to fetch up to £2,000, and an autographed first edition copy of the 1981 book Paul McCartney Composer/Artist. It is expected to fetch more than £700.
In all, there are 489 lots in the entertainment memorabilia sale, which takes place in Knightsbridge.
Other items up for auction:
George Harrsion (15 mos. old, 1944)
A note from George Harrison to his father,
three sheets of Hare Krishna stationery, in black felt-pen with yellow highlights, reading, 'Dad, If I'm not awake before you & Eileen leave [you can give me a kick (and a cup of tea)] Thanks for coming! Sorry I've been mentally too diverted to have had more contact with you, [at least now I feel you can sense the diversity that I seem to have become the director/producer of:- and understand the problems involved in trying to do or be what we want, in the limited time and circumstances we find ourselves in! ...sometimes Im very boring and was thinking of inviting ''Lou'' and you're new ''son in law''? to gladly come here on the 20th [as she requested] and try my ''best'' to enjoy them and be a good ''little brother'' [I'd prefer Billy Preston tho']...I'll try to be less busy so we can make up for the missing moments (that I dont enjoy missing) whilst you are Here! God Bless-Hare Krsna-Love you & thanks for being my Dad...Drive safely and tell Eileen that she comforts me-because until I got to know her, a little more,-I thought ''I'' was the LOONEY-EST person I knew...', with three Hare Krishna! stamps attached.
Unpublished photographs of the Beatles rehearsing at the Hammersmith Odeon for their Christmas Show,
Photographs of the Beatles at the Variety Club of Great Britain Awards,
at which they were named as 'Show Business Personalities of 1963', held at the Dorchester, 19th March 1964, comprising twenty modern black and white prints (Beatles in ten) and original negatives, the shots also include Harold Wilson, the then-Leader of the Opposition, Margaret Rutherford and Wilfrid Brambell.
Tom Murray: Paul McCartney,
a very large colour print of one of the photographs taken by Murray during the so-called 'Mad Day Out', signed and inscribed by the photographer Summer of 68 ''The Mad Day''.
pair of skiing gloves worn by Ringo Starr in 'Help!',
black leather with elasticated white bar and wrist-band, one labelled Bayrhammer Made In Austria, size 9.
Pic of Olivia & George, 1988, at the 25th anniv. celebration of Eric Clapton in music.
The original draft design for the 'Rubber Soul' album cover lettering,
1965, in light brown gouache on paper, mounted with a copy of the album cover, sold with background details, paper approximately 12 x 15cm (4¾ x 6in)
In October 1965 photographer Robert Freeman contacted graphic designer Charles Front, the vendor of this lot, and asked if he could design the lettering for the Beatles' forthcoming album. The proposed title of the album suggested to Front the image of a globule of latex or other viscous substance being pulled downwards as if by the force of gravity (mirroring the distortion in Freeman's photograph). This gradually formed into the now-familiar stylised shape. Into this he introduced the two words of the title.
This design, with Freeman's photograph, was shown to Brian Epstein and arrangements were made to meet the group as soon as possible for their opinion.
During a recording break at Abbey Road, the cover concept was shown to the Beatles and it was readily approved. The designer then produced a second version of the lettering to be used for the cover production. This was essentially the same as the first but with very slight and subtle modifications to the letterforms themselves and to the spaces in and around them.
You can see all The Beatles' items starting here:
and a photo of George Harrison graces the cover of the auction catalogue: