George Harrison’s leather jacket set for £120,000 auction

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George Harrison’s leather jacket set for £120,000 auction

7 Sep 2012, 09:29 GMT+01

Bonhams have announced details of their upcoming Entertainment memorabilia sale in December –featuring important stage-worn clothing from George Harrison.

Headlining the auction will be a black leather jacket worn by Harrison during early Beatles performances in Hamburg and the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Before switching to their now-iconic matching suits, the band were recognizable by their black leather outfits – influenced heavily by Astrid Kirchherr, girlfriend of original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who took many of the band’s first publicity photographs.

Harrison bought the jacket during the band’s residency in Hamburg in 1961/2, and subsequently wore it during numerous performances including many at the Cavern Club.

"This leather jacket is instantly recognizable and was an important part of the Beatles image in their early years,” said Stephanie Connell, Director of the Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams. “George Harrison was one of the pioneers of this signature style, taking inspiration from his peers in Hamburg at the start of the 1960s.”

After band manager Brian Epstein banished the black leather, Harrison gifted the jacket to his brother Harry who later passed it to his own son Paul. It has remained in the Harrison family ever since (with Paul wearing the jacket to school during the 1970s), and as such has an impeccable provenance.

“It is extremely exciting to see such an iconic part of Beatles history emerge onto the market, this fresh piece of important music memorabilia never offered at auction before is sure to garner significant interest during the sale in December,” said Connell.

The jacket, regarded as one of the most important items of stage-worn Beatles clothing to appear on the market in many years, is expected to sell for £90,000 - £120,000.

Other Harrison-worn items set to appear include a pair of black ‘Beatle Boots’ valued at £12,000 - £15,000, and the orange ‘Nudie’ western shirt worn during the now-legendary 1971 Concert for Bagladesh at Madison Square Garden, valued at £6,000 - £8,000.

The auction is scheduled for December 12 in Knightsbridge, London.

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