BEATLES: Lennon's Sgt. Pepper Sketch for Sale

Julien's upcoming Music Icons 2017 auction, set for May 20th in New York, times out with one of this summer's landmark anniversaries.

The standout item is John Lennon's hand-drawn sketch of what became the Sgt. Pepper's album cover, which he left behind at Kenwood, the house he shared with first wife Cynthia. The image -- with the album’s title on the bass drum in the middle -- is considered one of the most historically important pieces of Beatles memorabilia.

With the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's release on June 1st, the timing is perfect for the sketch to go under the hammer. Its estimated sale price is in the $40,000 to $60,000 range.

Memorabilia from other artists included in the sale:

  • A collection of documents, photos and manuscripts from The Beach Boys.
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience handwritten and signed hotel documents.
  • The Ludwig drum kit used by Santana's Michael Shrieve at Woodstock.
  • Prince’s oval Versace sunglasses.
  • David Bowie's “Jazzin for Blue Jean” worn zoot suit.
  • A 1964 Gibson SG guitar played by The Who’s Pete Townshend.
  • A collection of Elvis items ranging from a cross he wore on stage to a chest x-ray, personal jewelry and what's billed as his very first piano -- with an estimated price of $100,000 to $200,000.


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