Top five Beatles artwork
Top five Beatles artwork
The Beatles are responsible for some of the most memorable artwork in the music business
- Stuart Sutcliffe art
Both Lennon and McCartney are known to haveowned Sutcliffe's art
The "fifth Beatle" Stuart Sutcliffe famously quit the band in 1961 to pursue his art studies in Hamburg after encouragement by his girlfriend and photographer, Astrid Kirchherr. The former bassist in the band, he had an undeniable influence on the Beatles' sound and image during their formative years.
Sutcliffe died in 1962 aged just 21, following a brain aneurism.
Of the few pieces of his work that have made it to auction, the sketch book that he completed in 1959 while at Liverpool Art College, which contained hundreds of his pen and ink drawings and watercolours, is among the most notable. It sold for $13,145 at Christie's in 2004.
Paul Fraser Collectibles is currently offering a fantastic set of Stuart Sutcliffe original drawings which were extracted from one of his sketchbooks, as well as his handwritten lyrics to Hippy Hippy Shake.
- Richard Avedon's The Beatles
Avedon's images encapsulate the Beatles' psychedelic years
Richard Avedon's striking images often sell with impressive results, so his iconic photography skills, when combined with the unique selling power of the Beatles, always causes a stir at auction.
The psychedelic shots that Avedon created, taken in 1967, encapsulate the final drug-fuelled years of the band, as well as perfectly capturing the Swinging Sixties. In October this year, a Christie's auction dedicated to Richard Avedon saw four chromogenic Beatles prints sell for $86,500.
- Backwards Abbey Road photograph
A great game of spot the difference for Beatles fans
Iain Macmillan's image for the cover of 1969's Abbey Road is perhaps the mostrecognisable in music history. The photograph showing the Fab Four on their way to London's famous Abbey Road studios to create one of their most heralded albums has been reproduced countless times throughout popular culture.
In May 2012, a photograph from the shoot that shows the Beatles walking in the opposite direction across the now-famous zebra crossing sold for 16,000 ($25,400), rising 77% above its 9,000 high estimate.
The piece provided a great game of spot the difference, with slight alterations to theoriginal shot that only a dedicated fan could see.
- Sgt Pepper's original artwork
Blake's vision of the eponymous Sgt Pepper
An original collagecreated for the Beatles'1967 album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, was sold yesterday (November 13) for an impressive 55,250 ($87,725). Created by Sir Peter Blake, copies of the piece were originally inserted into the record's sleeve for the Fab Four's adoring fans to cut out and keep.
Sotheby's James Rawlin commented: "Sgt Pepper had a huge impact on the cultural landscape. It was the first concept album, when music, story, image and studio expertise all came together."
- Beatles original painting
The painting was presented to the president of the Japanese Beatles fan club
Duringthe Beatles' one and only trip to Japan in 1966, the group spent much of their time holed up in a hotel room evading the frenzied fans that waited outside. In an effort to cure their boredom, band manager Brian Epstein gave them a hugecanvas and some paints.
Each Beatle took a corner, placing a lamp at the centre and putting their artistic skills to the test. The result, entitled Images of a Woman, was then presented to the president of their Japanese fan club, Tetsuabaro Shimoyama, as a unique piece of memorabilia.
The psychedelic painting remained with Shimoyama for many years untilappearing at auction again in September this year, where it sold for $155,250.
Paul Fraser Collectibles specialises in sourcing the finest Beatles memorabilia available on the current market. Included in our collection is an original signed sketch from John Lennon.