Sgt. Pepper drum skin auctions for over $1 million.

How iconic can you get.  There are only a few truly iconic, I mean, really iconic artifacts in the world of popular culture.  Even outside the realm of Beatle memorabilia this is one of them.  Think about hanging this in your living room.  As far as importance in rock history, this may be THE central piece of memorabilia.  It is the sun around which modern rock revolves, so to speak.

The image of this drum head has helped define rock and roll as a long-playing art form.  The Sgt. Pepper cover has been parodied and duplicated to death, but nothing compares to the original.  It still remains as one of those iconic images.  Everyone, young and old, knows this drum head when they see it. To many, Sgt. Pepper is the tipping point when The Beatles redefined rock and roll forever, and the image that the Sgt. Pepper cover, and particularly this drum head conveyed was the crowning achievement of the renaissance of rock and roll.

I wouldn’t be susrprised if Paul McCartney himself did not bid on this piece of rock history.

Here’s what we’ve read.

The iconic bass drum skin used on the front cover of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for £541,250 at auction.

Auction house Christie’s had estimated that the hand-painted skin would sell for around £150,000, but it sold for almost four times that.

John Lennon’s hand-written lyrics for Give Peace A Chance also surpassed their top estimate of £300,000.

The hammer went down at £421,250.

The words were intended as a lyric sheet for Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 Bed-In for Peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada, but Lennon gave them to fan Gail Renard and asked her to rewrite them in a larger format so everyone could join in.

A pair of Lennon’s tinted prescription sunglasses, which he wore for the cover of the Apple Records single Mind Games, sold for £39,650.

The Rock and Pop Memorabilia sale at the London auction house raised more than £1.5 million.

A rare recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival, at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire, in July 1968 sold for £48,050.

A 1966 Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert between 1967 and 1969 sold for £25,000 and a pair his stripy flared trousers made £20,000. A 1967 Gibson guitar which had been owned by The Who’s Pete Townshend sold for £32,450.

The sale included memorabilia from acts from Ella Fitzgerald to Madonna. Sale prices include buyer’s premium.

Source: Yahoo UK


One Response

  1. The sixties all wrapped up in one iconic drumskin.
    Interesting to see what this will be worth in 20 years time.

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