John Lennon's Beatles suit could bring $150,000



2015-10-29 16:33:08

An iconic Beatles suit worn by John Lennon is up for auction, after going missing for 40 years.

The collarless mohair suit was one of four bought for the band by manager Brian Epstein, who wanted the band to change their image from all-black leather to a much smarter appearance.

The band wore the suits as they took Britain by storm in the early 1960s, becoming household names and performing across the country.

When Madame Tussauds in London announced it was creating waxworks of the Fab Four, Epstein donated the suits to the museum to feature in the display. Years later three of the suits were sold at auction, but Lennon's suit was missing, believed lost or destroyed. It was discovered decades later in of the museum's warehouses, stored in a plastic bag, and will now be sold with an estimated value of around $150,000.

"This suit is probably one of the most important pieces of clothing from the last century," said James Wilkinson of the Fame Bureau. "Dresses worn by Princess Diana and Marilyn Monroe didn't actually change anything. This suit changed attitudes and was a major cultural change.

"Before they had this makeover, the Beatles were rockers. They idolised Elvis and wore black leather jackets. But Brian Epstein had the foresight to change their appearance to a more wholesome look so they would appeal to a much wider audience, and these suits were a major part of that image.

"The result turned the Beatles into a clean-cut, media-friendly powerhouse. The suits traversed the Atlantic and the style was later imitated by many US musicians."

The suit will be offered in the online auction, hosted by Painpot in conjunction with The Fame Bureau, which takes place on Friday October 30.

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