Harrison’s gear set for auction

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Harrison’s leather jacket going to auction © Bonhams

A collection of George Harrison’s stage-worn clothes is to go to auction, with an estimated sale value of £120,000.

The range, including a leather jacket worn by George at many appearances in the 1960s, including a famous Cavern Club performance, is to go under the hammer at Bonhams of London on December 12th.

Also included in the auction is a pair of George’s leather ‘Beatle’ boots from 1964 and a bright orange shirt worn at his famous charity event, ‘The Concert For Bangladesh’ in New York in 1971, to an audience of 40,000.

Bonhams’ head of entertainment memorabilia, Stephanie Connell, told JMU Journalism: “The ‘Beatle’ boots are another really iconic element of Harrison’s style and he is seen wearing an identical pair during the filming of A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. They were clearly well-loved over the years.”

The black leather jacket has remained with George’s family until now after being passed to George’s brother Harry and then onto his son Paul, who wore it to school in the 70s.

George Harrison’s boots © Bonhams

Ms Connell said: “It’s instantly recognisable and was an important part of the Beatles image in their early years. It is extremely exciting to see such an iconic part of the Beatles history emerge onto the market.

“This fresh piece of important music memorabilia never offered before at auction before is sure to garner significant interest during the sale in December.”

The garment was acquired by George, who died in 2001, on a visit to Hamburg, Germany, where the group developed their musical performance skills.

As a tribute, the jacket has been displayed at Bonhams, Germany.




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