Luxe Models were less than surprised to see two jackets, worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr, during the filming of Help! sell for £115,000 this week. Harrison’s went for £54,000 and that worn by Ringo was purchased for a whopping £61,000. The piano played on which Paul McCartney composed Yesterday also went for a similar amount to a South American collector. The jackets were bought by UK enthusiasts.
These lots were all part of a major Beatles’ memorabilia sale held at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. It was held in honour of the 50th anniversary of the release of the band’s fourth UK number one, Can’t Buy Me Love. The Beatles were, of course, major fashion icons in their day, and their influence has lasted throughout the years. That’s just one of the reasons we love them here at Luxe Models.
Incredibly, the jackets had only been valued at £20,000-£30,000 before the sale. According the auctioneer, however, these jackets would be like gold dust to any Beatles enthusiast. The items were sold by Richard Lester, who directed the film back in the 1960s.
There were plans to sell more items, but according to the auctioneer, there was a legal challenge from Paul McCartney, putting a block on the sale. The items in question were being sold by McCartney’s former nanny, who was hoping to provide a windfall for her grandchildren. It is believed that the items; a cape, a suit and a sheet of lyrics; were given to the nanny by Paul’s wife at the time, Linda McCartney. Apparently Paul would never have allowed the sale of any of the items.
The jackets were worn by Harrison and Starr throughout the 5 days of filming in the Alps and also on the front cover of the accompanying Help! album cover. They’re a fantastic piece of fashion history and something for the new owners to really treasure. We’re just jealous we couldn’t get our hands on them!