The Beatles: A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of 'A Hard Days Night',  London Pavilion, 6th July, 1964,
Lot 341
The Beatles: A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of 'A Hard Days Night',
London Pavilion, 6th July, 1964,
£10,000 - 15,000
US$ 17,000 - 25,000
Auction Details
The Beatles: A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of 'A Hard Days Night',  London Pavilion, 6th July, 1964, The Beatles: A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of 'A Hard Days Night',  London Pavilion, 6th July, 1964,
Lot Details
The Beatles: A Beatles dress worn by a programme seller at the World Premiere of 'A Hard Days Night',
London Pavilion, 6th July, 1964,
signed across the front in blue ink by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Brian Epstein, the turquoise and blue linen dress with block colour and stripes, embellished with black and white images of the bands portraits and a musical stave with printed title lyric from I wan_na hold your hand, accompanied by a letter concerning the provenance

Footnotes

  • The premier of the Beatles debut film A Hard Day's Night was attended by the Beatles, their wives as well as guests of honour Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon. The premier was a charity event and the film was shown in aid of the Variety Club Heart Fund and The Dockland Settlements Charity, an organisation which established and ran Youth Clubs and Community Centres for the residents of the more deprived areas in the East End of London.

    This dress was one of very few items of clothing provided to a select group of dedicated programme sellers. The vendor, who was one of the lucky twelve to attend and be part of the proceedings mentioned in the accompanying letter, Major and Mrs John Wills were very much involved in fund raising and as such chose the tweleve programme sellers. We were all in our late teens or early twenties and were either friends or relations of the Wills family. She continues the evening was enormous fun and there was a reception at the Dorchester Hotel afterwards where I managed to get my dress signed. The illustration in the catalogue shows the vendor wearing her dress while at the premier before obtaining the signatures at the after party. The dress has remained in her possession ever-since.
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