Paddle8 presents photography sale starring music's biggest icons



2016-09-19 13:16:14

Photographs featuring many of music biggest icons will cross the block at Paddle8 this month, as part of the special 'Backstage Pass' sale.

The sale features more than 120 images spanning five decades of popular music, by some of the most renowned photographers in the business.

Amongst the rarest lots on offer is a portfolio of images capturing The Beatles on stage in their first U.S concert at the Washington Coliseum. The gig took place on February 11, 1964, just 48 hours after their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show had attracted an audience of around 74 million people.

The images were captured by renowned photojournalist Rowland Scherman, whose work had previously graced the pages of magazines such as LIFE, TIME, and Newsweek.

"My sister had been sending me Beatles records from England for months before most people in the US had heard of them, and I knew they were going to be a very big deal," says Scherman. "When it was announced that their first American concert would be in Washington DC, where I lived, I had to be there to capture it on film."

The majority of the photographs are previously unpublished, and the rare portfolio is valued at $4,500.

The sale also features Scherman's images of John Lennon, taken in 1971 following the Beatles' s split, and Bob Dylan, on-stage in Washington in 1965.

The Clash arrive at JFK, circa 1981, by Allan Tannenbaum (Images: Paddle8)

The Clash arrive at JFK, circa 1981, by Allan Tannenbaum (Images: Paddle8)

Elsewhere the auction includes portraits of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, Joan Jett and Madonna by the renowned music photographer Mick Rock; Roberta Bailey's classic images of The Ramones, from their debut album cover shoot in 1976; and portraits of everyone from Miles Davis and Elvis Presley to Biggie Smalls and Amy Winehouse.

"Paddle8 is thrilled to offer music fans and photo collectors the opportunity to own some of the finest images ever taken of popular music performers," said Dean Harmeyer, Head of Music & Entertainment.

"The very large selection of diverse photographs in this sale reinforces the visual excitement of music and how it touches our lives."

Backstage Pass: Music Photography runs online at Paddle8 until Thursday September 29.

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