Iconic Beatles Image Sold For £16,000!
An incredibly rare picture of the Beatles went up for auction last week (22nd of May). The iconic image is similar to that used on the band's ‘Abbey Road’ album cover, though the band are walking the opposite way.
Paul McCartney is also wearing shoes in this one, unlike the cover where he is barefoot. After the release of the album, theorists said that McCartney's bare feet on the cover was a sign that the real Paul was dead and that the one on the cover was a body double. McCartney has always said it was just a hot day so he took his sandals off. This photo confirms Paul's story!
The photograph, taken on a day in August, 1969, was shot by Iain MacMillan and sold for £16,000 at Bloomsbury Auctions, a huge amount above the expected £7000 - £9000. “That photo's been called an icon of the 1960s, I suppose it is. I think the reason it became so popular is its simplicity. It's a very simple, stylised shot. Also it's a shot people can relate to. It's a place where people can still walk.” MacMillan (who died in 2006) once said about his photograph.
The idea for the photograph came from Paul McCartney who sketched the concept for MacMillan, before the photographer was given just 10 minutes to shoot the band. The image that has just sold is frame two, only 25 prints were made.
Published: 27 May 2012