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Beatles rock Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale; Exceptional prices achieved for Beatles items
A pair of Beatle boots that used to belong to George Harrison are seen during a photo-op ahead of the auction of Bonhams' house Entertainment Memorabilia Sale in central London. AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis.
LONDON.- George Harrison’s black leather jacket, worn on stage during numerous early 1960s Beatles appearances, was the top lot in Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale, yesterday 12th December 2012, making £110,450.

Bidders in the saleroom and on the phone competed fiercely for the jacket, which is one of the most important items of Beatles clothing ever to come onto the market. It was among several lots from the George Harrison Collection, with highlights marking the £624,619 sale, which sold 86 per cent by value. The collection, which has never been available to the general public, was gifted by George Harrison to his brother Harry and other members of the family.

In addition to the iconic jacket, a pair of George’s ‘Beatle’ boots far exceeded expectations selling for £61,250 against a pre-sale estimate of £12,000 – 15,000. The boots are synonymous with the band’s style at the height of ‘Beatlemania’ in 1964 and Harrison can be clearly seen wearing an identical pair during the filming of ‘A Hard Days Night’.

Another key item from the George Harrison Collection also sold well over the pre-sale estimate. A bright orange western-style shirt worn during his famous charity event, The Concert For Bangladesh, 1971 realised £23,750 against a pre-sale estimate of £6,000 – 8,000.

Exceptional prices were also achieved for other Beatles items, including the 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, the guitar sold for £43,250 against a pre-sale estimate of £20,000 – 25,000.

Stephanie Connell, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams said: “We had some fantastic results for one of the greatest collections of Beatles memorabilia in the world. There was an incredible buzz in the saleroom and it was exciting to see the high levels of interest in the George Harrison Collection.

“The sale represented some of the most important pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever seen at auction and the high prices go to show that the market for these rare items has never been stronger. The leather jacket and ‘Beatle’ boots are instantly recognisable as key items of Beatles history and we’re delighted they generated so much attention.”

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