'Most extensive ever' Beatles collection auctions in Beverly Hills

Julien's Auctions is proud to present an auction of "Icons & Idols" memorabilia and ephemera on December 3 and 4 in Beverly Hills, California.

"Never before has such an extensive collection of John Lennon and Beatles memorabilia ever come to public auction," according to the statement issued by Julien's.

This "once in a lifetime" auction includes handwritten working lyrics, drawings and clothing from legendary Beatle John Lennon.

Lennon's abundant creativity will be showcased in unusual self-portraits inscribed to friends, a collage created for Elton John's 28th birthday (estimated at $30,000-40,000) and a jacket that would have been lost to the world were it not for the keen eye of a Salvation Army driver.

John Lennon's jacket from a 1966 Beatles Life magazine
photoshoot (estimated at $150,000-200,000)

The jacket, worn by Lennon in 1966 for a Life magazine photo shoot (estimated at $150,000-200,000) is emblematic of Lennon's singular fashion sense and style that inspired the cover for the Sergeant Pepper album, and echoed in The Beatles appearance for years to come.

It is believed to be a military band jacket that was in the possession of Lennon until donated to the Salvation Army in New York.

This jacket represents the changing aesthetic of The Beatles and, indeed, a generation of music lovers who mimicked the repurposing of clothing and encouraged new meaning of military emblems to create a juxtaposition for promoting peace.

Other highlights in the sale include drawings and prose that appeared in Lennon's 1965 book A Spaniard in the Works (estimated at $2,000-4,000).


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