The Beatles / Peter Blake: A rare cut-out used on the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover of Bobby Breen, signed by Sir Peter Blake [later], 1967,

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Lot 237
The Beatles / Peter Blake: A rare cut-out used on the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover of Bobby Breen, signed by Sir Peter Blake [later],
1967,

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 32,834) inc. premium
THE BEATLES
The Beatles / Peter Blake: A rare cut-out used on the 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' album cover of Bobby Breen, signed by Sir Peter Blake [later],
1967,
the hand-tinted photographic portrait on hardboard depicting Bobby Breen, visible in the iconic crowd scene on the Sgt. Pepper's album cover, positioned next to George Harrison and over the shoulder of Marlene Dietrich, designed by Peter Blake, later signed by Blake in black ink to bottom right corner, framed - 19 inches (48cm.) high

Footnotes

  • A rare and important piece of Pop Culture memorabilia from Peter Blake's ground breaking album cover design. The figure of Canadian comedian Bobby Breen positioned at the front of the crowd next to George Harrison and Marlene Dietrich. According to the vendor his University roommate had worked on the album cover shoot and displayed the cut-out in their student dwellings. In lieu of unpaid rent the cut-out was acquired by the current owner and has been in his possession since. Two years ago the vendor met Sir Peter Blake who was happy to sign it.

    'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was voted for by 'Rolling Stone' magazine as the number one album of all time from a list of 500. Their reasoning It is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time. Blake has said of his vision for the cover that he wanted to assemble... a magical crowd around the band. I offered the idea that if they had just played a concert in the park, the cover could be a photograph of them with the group who had watched the concert. If we did this by using cardboard cut-outs, it could be whomever they [the Beatles] wanted. In order not to upset anyone Apple insisted that all suggested "crowd members" be notified in advance and that permission was granted for them to feature on the album cover.

    Please see cover illustration to lot 238.
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