Iain MacMillan (1938-2006); The Beatles, 'Abbey Road';
Lot 30
Iain MacMillan
(1938-2006)
The Beatles, 'Abbey Road'
Sold for US$ 13,750 inc. premium

100 Photographs

6 Apr 2018, 16:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
Iain MacMillan (1938-2006)
The Beatles, 'Abbey Road', 1969
Chromogenic print, signed and numbered '25/25' in ink in the margin.
13 3/4 x 11 7/8in (40 x 30cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Acquired directly from the artist.

    Time was tight for the Beatles in the summer of 1969 whilst they were recording in EMI's London studios in Abbey Road, St John's Wood, and the photographer Iain MacMillan was told that he could have the group for a few minutes during a lunch break for the album cover shoot. Following a suggestion from Paul McCartney, he sat on a tall ladder outside the studio and took photographs of them striding across the zebra crossing.
    ...As the cover of Abbey Road, the photograph was instantly iconic but no one could have predicted what was to follow, as fans scrutinized the picture for clues that Paul McCartney had died and had been replaced by a lookalike. There were so many pointers on the album sleeve that it looked deliberate: Paul was out of step with the others; Paul was barefoot (apparently an Italian burial custom); John was the minister, Ringo the undertaker and George the gravedigger. The Volkswagen's numberplate was 281F and Paul would have been 28 IF he were alive, and so on.
    SPENCER LEIGH (The Independent, 12 May 2006)
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