Beatles Sgt Pepper gnome to make in excess of $25,000?

A signed garden gnome that appears on the front cover of the Beatles' seminal Sgt Pepper album is up for sale at Heritage Auctions.

The lot carries an estimate in excess of $25,000 ahead of the April 18-19 sale.

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The gnome was given to photographer Michael Cooper's assistant

Heritage explains: "Designer Peter Blake worked with the Beatles to stage the cover, which was filled with lifesize cardboard likenesses of famous figures such as Mae West and Bob Dylan behind the Beatles.

"Among the smaller items in the foreground was this garden gnome, which appears on the cover to the right of George's leg.

"At the end of the cover session on March 30, 1967, the gnome was chosen as a memento by an assistant to cover photographer Michael Cooper, and it was signed by the Beatles immediately following the shoot."

The lot can be seen to the left of the B in "Beatles" on the cover.

A Diana Dors mannequin that was also used in the sleeve design went up for auction with a $70,000 valuation last November, although it ultimately failed to sell.

We have an exciting selection of Beatles memorabilia available, click here to take a look.

The sale will also include a dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind.

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