Beatles 'Butcher Cover' LP could see $8,000 in US auction


2015-06-26 13:02:48


Beatles 'Butcher Cover' LP could see $8,000 in US auction

A controversial 'Butcher Cover' copy of the Beatles' Yesterday and Today is to sell

The most infamous Beatles' LP cover ever made - the Butcher Cover - is to lead important Fab Four memorabilia in an upcoming auction.

The Icons & Idols auction, which features some of the finest memorabilia from across the entertainment industry, will offer the sought-after cover on December 1-2 in Los Angeles.

Beatles Butcher Cover LP stereo auctionAs a vegetarian, George had objected to meat being placed on him

The Butcher Cover was created in 1966 following a photo shoot with Robert Whitaker, which was intended for a conceptual art piece named A Somnambulant Adventure. The Beatles, who were growing tired of the usual clean-cut shoots, liked the gruesome shots so much that they pressed for them to be used for their upcoming US release, Yesterday and Today.

With Paul McCartney describing the cover as "our comment on the war", Capitol Records had 750,000 copies of the album printed for distribution. However, after receiving complaints from both dealers and the public, they soon recalled the albums and pasted over the image with a more conventional cover.

The example at auction is a "first-state" copy, meaning that it never had the second image pasted over the top. It was acquired by a worker at the Modern Album Company in California, who were charged with printing the original design.

The cover's rarity is further enhanced by a "5" printed in the lower right corner, which means that it is the stereo copy and is much rarer than its mono counterpart. Mono examples outnumber the stereo edition by almost 10 to one.

The present example, which is being offered for the first time, is estimated at $6,000-8,000. This appears to be a conservative estimate given that a mono copy from the collection of Capitol Records' former president Alan Livingston brought $39,000 at Heritage Auctions in 2006.

Paul Fraser Collectibles specialises in sourcing the finest Beatles memorabilia available, including a rare signed copy of the cover for A Hard Day's Night, of which only 8-10 are known to exist.

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