A collection of some of the most important pieces of George Harrison and Beatles memorabilia ever to be offered at auction will be included in Bonhams forthcoming Entertainment Memorabilia sale today in London. The collection, now available to the public, was gifted by George Harrison to his brother Harry and other members of the family.
The most instantly recognizable piece in the sale, is Harrison’s iconic Cavern Club and Hamburg era leather jacket. The jacket can clearly be seen in many of the Beatles early promotional photographs, including the historic Astrid Kirchherr photo sessions. The jacket will be offered with an estimate of £90,000 – 120,000 ($118,000-$156,000). A pair of George’s custom made leather ‘Beatle’ boots, worn during the filming of ‘A Hard Days Night’ will also be offered, with an estimate of £12,000 – 15,000 ($15,600-19,500).
In addition to the Harrison Family collection, a key piece of early Beatles memorabilia will also be sold. A guitar used by Paul McCartney during the 1950s as a member of the pre-Beatles group The Quarry Men, accompanied by a signed letter of provenance from McCartney is valued at £20,000 – 30,000 ($26,000-$40,000).
Alongside the strictly Beatles items will be a variety of other pieces from fellow musical giants such as Eric Clapton, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Queen, T. Rex and U2.