The Gotta Have Rock & Roll Pop Culture Auction Spring 2022
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Beatles band members Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Ringo Starr have signed this one-of-a-kind art proof of the infamous "butcher cover” in black felt tip pen. Known as the "butcher cover” taken by photographer Robert Whitaker that shows the band dressed in white coats and covered with decapitated baby dolls and pieces of raw meat. Although the photo was intended to be part of a larger work critiquing the adulation afforded the Beatles, the band members insisted it was a statement against the Vietnam War. Others interpreted it as the Beatles protesting the record company's policy of "butchering" their albums for the North American market. In response to retailers' outrage at the gory subject matter, Capitol immediately withdrew the LP and replaced the cover image with a shot of the band posed around a “steamer” trunk. This is by far one of the rarest items to be signed by the Beatles and to our knowledge this is the only one that has ever surfaced for public auction. A must-have for any serious Beatles collector. Measures 17 x 17. Comes with a James Spence Authentication (JSA) Letter of Authenticity and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr Signed "Butcher" Cover Artwork JSA
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Minimum Bid: $10,000
Final Bid: $10,000
Estimate: $25,000 - $30,000
Number of Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, April 30, 2022.
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