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    Sale 5397

    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop Memorabilia

    10 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 166

    The Beatles

    Price Realised  


    The Beatles
    Seven 55mm colour transparencies of the Beatles taken by photographer John Loengard for Life magazine, February, 1964, comprising one shot of the Beatles in a swimming pool, two shots of all four Beatles relaxing in deckchairs, and four head and shoulder shots of Ringo Starr; accompanied by a typescript letter on Life headed stationery to the vendor signed by Loengard

    These photographs are offered for sale without copyright and other reproduction rights. The buyer must apply to the relevant parties to obtain such clearance and consents as may be necessary. (8)

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    In February 1964, John Loengard photographed the Beatles in Miami for Life magazine during their first American tour. He came up with the idea of shooting the Beatles as bodyless floating heads in a swimming pool. As it was cold in Florida at the time, Loengard unsuccessfully tried to find a heated pool. As this was not possible, the shoot had to be done in an unheated pool instead. Unsurprisingly the Beatles ...weren't at all cooperative - they didn't want to get in - but their manager, Brian Epstein, said, 'Life is important. Get in'. and they did...

    These transparencies were given to the vendor, a family friend of the photographer, after the shoot. Leongard sent them with a letter stating that ...These pictures were on the way to the waste basket, and I thought you might like to have them.


    CHANCELLOR, Alexander Tales Of The Unexpected, interview published in The Guardian, Saturday, November 19, 2005