Scorsese's George Harrison movie puts the Beatle's legacy in safe hands



2015-06-26 12:35:15

Scorsese's George Harrison movie puts the Beatle's legacy in safe hands

Martin Scorsese's new film Living in the Material World could see a resurgence in George's collectibles

Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and George Harrison's ex-wife Olivia were out together in force for last night's (October 2) London premiere of director Martin Scorsese's new film Living In The Material World.

The film focuses on the life of so-called "quiet Beatle" George and has caused much excitement among Fab Four fans in offering a new perspective on the group's ascent.

Since his death from cancer in 2001 aged just 58, George's legacy has gone from strength-to-strength in the collectibles markets. Harrison offers a great example of how a celebrity's legacy is revised after his death.

Harrison photographs have shot up in value over the past decade, on average by 1053.8%. This places the value of a Harrison autograph bought for 195 in the year 2000 at closer to 2,250 today (according to the industry'sPFC40 Autographs Index).

Elsewhere, achart compiled by Worth magazine- which, as the name implies, is a publication for high net worth individuals - named George Harrison's Gibson SG guitar as the #8 most valuable piece of celebrity memorabilia of all time.

Three Beatles, one autograph: Harrison, McCartney andLennon'sautographs signed for a fan in 1963are currently for sale at Paul Fraser Collectibles

Itwas sold to a private collectible for $567,500 in 2004.

None of this would surprise George, who was himself familiar with the ins-and-outs of the world's top auction houses.

The guitarist's love of cars would inspire one of his most significant posthumous auction appearances. His legendary Aston Martin DB5, the first important car he ever owned, sold for more than $464,000 in London above its $250,000-300,000 estimate in 2007.

Meanwhile, autographs featuring each of the Fab Four with George are among the market's best buys. Like this example, for instance. Dedicated to "Helen", among the signatures is the message: "love from George Harrison xxxx."

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