The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper drum skin



2015-06-26 10:51:46

The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper drum skin, as featured on the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sold for $1.07m in 2008.



The drum skin was specially designed by fairground artist Joe Ephgrave and only ever used for the photo shoot for the 1967 album.

Measuring 30.5 inches in diameter, the skin is mounted on a red and blue wooden bass drum (not the original). It comes with a letter of authenticity by Sir Peter Blake, who co-designed the album cover.

Ephgrave actually produced two possible designs for the album. The alternative version is believed to reside with Sir Paul McCartney.

History since 1967

An Ethan Russell photograph shows what appears to be the drum skin on the wall of John Lennon’s study. It is thought to have been taken at Ringo Starr’s flat at 34 Montagu Square in Marylebone, London, where Lennon stayed for a short period of time with Yoko Ono.

The skin’s whereabouts are unknown until the late 1970s, when it was unearthed during the renovation of a flat in west London.


The drum skin sold at Sotheby's London in September, 1994. It then underwent some restoration work and was attached to a military drum identical to that used on the album.

It was put on the market again in 2008, when it made $1.07 million in a Christie’s action, nearly four times its pre-sale estimate.

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