Lot 619: Original 'Strawberry Fields' jacket from the initial small batch produced for McCartney by John Dove and Molly White, size small, purchased directly from McCartney at the artist's studio. The jacket is made of a smooth satiny fabric with strawberry-patterned sleeves and a large strawberry image on the back, with small red and green jewels throughout. In very good condition, with small moth holes, white fabric aged to a light brown, and some scattered staining. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the original owner, in part: "This Strawberry Fields Jacket was made for Paul McCartney…During 1973 Paul McCartney ordered 6 jackets, the one I have is one of the jackets he ordered and one of the first jackets ever made…I bought this jacket in 1973 when I visited John Dove's house/atelier in London…Paul McCartney was there, so I met him personally…I came to John Dove's studio, because I was a fan of his work and owned the best high end fashion store in Amsterdam. When I was there, Paul McCartney was there to pick up his freshly made jackets and at that moment fitting them…I arrived with my (former) girlfriend…She saw Paul McCartney in this amazing jacket and asked Paul McCartney if she could maybe get one of his jackets. We then came to a deal and I bought this jacket from Paul for my girlfriend." McCartney kept the other jackets, customized them with his name across the front, and wore them throughout his 1974 Wings tour through the United States. An intriguing, iconic piece of pop cultural history that combines music and fashion.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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