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Lot 6762
The rare four Beatles worn suits from their first
Sold for US$ 110,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
The rare four Beatles worn suits from their first album cover Please Please Me,
1963, the suits have three buttons down the front, black velvet collar and cuffs, and red/crimson lining, each jacket inside pocket inscribed with each Beatles full name and year. They were also worn on the single album cover Love Me Do P.S. I Love You and Love Me Do single album cover. The lot includes documentation from Gordon Millings, whose father Dougie Millings, was the Beatles official tailor from 1962-1967 as well as the covers to the three albums of the Beatles wearing the suits. This was the only set made of this type of suit as opposed to the collarless suits of which there were several sets made.

Provenance:/Exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Spring 2002/Exhibited at the Barican Gallery in London from October 5, 2000-January 14, 2001. The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan of Art and the Rock and Roll of Fame in Cleveland originally organized the exhibition called "Rock Style"

The Beatles first album Please Please Me was released on Friday, March 22nd, 1963 and stayed on top for 30 weeks until it was knocked off by With the Beatles eight months later. The album sold half a million in the UK and over 2 million worldwide. The photo on the album cover the Beatles wearing these suits was taken inside the EMI headquarters in London.

In the early 60s, the record companies would wait for a group to have a hit single beflore risking thier money for an album. Because the Beatles did not have a song in the Top Ten, George Martin made them cram the recording session into a single day. When their second single then hit the top one a month later, EMI rushed the album out twice as fast to get the kids to buy the same song twice. Originally they were going to record this live at the Cavern Club because the Beatles had said that they preformed better in front of an audience. However in the end, it was decided that it would be too time consuming and expensive so they ended up using the studio recordings instead.

Dougie Millings was the tailor who designed the Beatles' famous collarless suits. In 1963, the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, brought the group to Mr. Milling's shop at 63 Compton Street in London's bohemian Soho district to see if he could create something different for the band. The Beatles were elated with the resulting collarless conception was the brainstorm of both Mr. millings and Paul McCartney.
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