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Brian Jones' suede fringed jacket headlines Bonhams Entertainent Memorabilia Sale
A green suede fringed jacket by Ossie Clark, made for late former Rolling Stone Brian Jones. Estimate: £15,000-20,000. Photo: Bonhams.


LONDON.- A bespoke green suede fringed jacket by Ossie Clark, made for late former Rolling Stone Brian Jones, will be offered at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia Sale on 28 June at the Knightsbridge saleroom. The jacket, with its flamboyant fringe detail at the elbows and waist, is offered at £15,000-20,000.

A collection of Jones’ clothing, including the bespoke jacket, is being offered by Anna Wohlin, Jones’ girlfriend at the time of his death in 1969. She has looked after the clothing for more than 50 years as a reminder of their time spent together, much of which was spent at Brian’s farm, Cotchford, in Sussex, which had been the home of Winnie the Pooh author A.A Milne. They lived there together for a blissful few months after initially meeting at a party at The Marquee Club in London.

In a letter accompanying the lot, Anna recalls “Brian was really proud of the fact Ossie usually made clothes for women but had been thrilled to make something for Brian… it was definitely one of his favorite items of clothing”.

Another sale highlight is an important six-page letter from Beatle George Harrison to Astrid Kirchherr, dated August 1963, estimated at £15,000-20,000. Written in blue ballpoint pen on six numbered pages of Palace Court Hotel Bournemouth headed stationary, the letters detail Harrison’s doubts about his own financial success compared to the money that John Lennon and Paul McCartney would make by their songwriting. The letters are a request to Kirchherr for ‘photos that have The Beatles either all together or separately, or that have any of us with other people in them, in fact any photographs at all that may be of interest...’ and tell of Harrison’s unfulfilled plans to create a ‘daft story about the BEATLES, with some photographs in it, and then I hope to sell it to all the nice people and then I can buy food with the money… Can’t I?’

Beatles memorabilia is a strong focus of the sale, with lots including a pen and ink drawing by John Lennon. His drawings are widely celebrated and several appear in major museums and art collections. This surreal doodle is a fine illustration of Lennon's creative mind at work, and is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

One of the most instantly recognisable props from British TV history is the dalek, the evil mechanical aliens of Doctor Who fame. The sale will feature an example which has appeared alongside both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi in the popular BBC programme, and is expected to achieve between £10,000 and £15,000.

A range of lots in the sale are dedicated to the life and works of the late George Michael, one of the best-selling music artists of all time with an astonishing 115 million records sold worldwide. Highlights include the black leather jacket worn in the Faith video.

The opulent jacket is studded with chrome and rhinestones, and bears George Michael's signature in silver marker on the left sleeve (£10,000-15,000). A second jacket will also be offered; a navy blue double-breasted blazer by Jean Paul Gaultier and worn in the video for I Want Your Sex (£4,000-6,000).

Further higlights include:

• A ship's bell from Abbey Road Studios used in the Beatles recording of Yellow Submarine (£7,000-9,000)

• A wooden artist's stool belonging to Syd Barrett, a founder member of the band Pink Floyd (£4,500 - 5,500)

• A collection of guitars and amps belonging to Thin Lizzy legend Gary Moore, incuding a 1982 Fender '57 Reissue Stratocaster (£3,000-5,000) and a 2008 Gibson Les Paul Gary Moore/Dark Fire prototype guitar (£3,000-5,000)





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