George Harrison’s leather jacket and Beatles memorabilia auction
From the very start, the iconic English rock-band ‘The Beatles’ recognized the importance of constantly reinventing their looks along with their music, which actually led them to become one of the 20th century’s most influential fashion icons. Their early signature ‘leather look’ which included a stylish black leather jacket, became an iconic element of their memorable stage performances in the early 1960s, the time when their enormous popularity first emerged as ‘Beatlemania.’ Now, one of the black leather jacket worn by the ‘The Beatles’ lead guitarist George Harrison, became one of the auction highlights of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale held on December 12, in Knightsbride, London. As the black leather jacket which was offered at a price between $142,800 and $190,400, and was regarded as one of the most important and iconic items of the legendary rock-band’s clothing ever to come up on the auction blocks, notably fetched $178,091. Besides, other lots in the sale, including George Harrison’s shirt made by Nudie’s of Hollywood and George Harrison’s pair of signature ‘Beatle’ boots, circa 1964, to name a few, also performed exceptionally well.
Price Realized: $178,091(£110,450)
One among several lots worn by Harrison throughout his musical career, the jacket is also synonymous with some of the early images of the rock-band taken while performing in Hamburg, Germany, and at the Liverpool’s Cavern Club.
Originally, the jacket was acquired back in 1961 by the famed lead guitarist during the Beatles residency in Hamburg, Germany, and was certainly one of the favored outfits which was featured in much of the early publicity that helped in the promotion of the boy-band.
Notably, the jacket also comes accompanied by an exclusive version of George Harrison’s ‘Living in the Material World’, the documentary made about his life.
Other memorabilia that fetched handsome prices include:-
George Harrison’s shirt made by Nudie’s of Hollywood.
Sold for: $38,280 (£23,750)
Similar to that worn by George Harrison in the historic ‘Concert For Bangladesh’ 1970, coupled with white suit, at Madisson Square Garden, New York, 1st August 1971. The concert was notably organized George Harrisson and Sitar Legend late Pandit Ravi Shankar who introduced Indian music to the West died at 92 on 11th Dec. 2012, and was attended by some 40,000 people to raise funds for the people of Bangladesh, following the devastation of the tropical cyclone in 1970. The shirt has California’ label to neck, also with label to lower right inner with George Harrison typewritten in red, cuffs with Om symbol embroidered in white, and was sold with a copy of the vinyl box set booklet.
George Harrison’s pair of signature ‘Beatle’ boots, circa 1964
Sold for: $98,743 (£61,250)
This particular footwear became so synonymous with the Beatles group that they were popularly called as the ‘Beatle’ boot.
This pair of ‘Beatle’ boots that fetched $98,822 is from the time when Beatlemania was at its sheer height and, whilst various suits worn by the Beatles in 1963-1964 have been preserved, and this pair of boots from this period is actually a rare survivor.
However, we have also earlier seen the sale of other Beatles’ memorabilia which includes the backwards Beatles abbey road photo, Beatles piano, the rare Beatles autographed guitar, and the never-before-seen Beatles photographs, to name a few.