Today we are bombarded with images of the rich and famous and regularly share details of their public (and sometimes not so public) lives but this has not always been the case, which is why it has been fascinating to have had the opportunity recently to look through a unique collection of images featuring the stars of several decades ago – most of which have never been published.
And these are not just any old stars – they include some of the greatest names in pop and rock. We are talking The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Jacksons, Rod Stewart and Cliff Richard to name but a few. There are also other famous faces thrown in for good measure such as Liberace, Julie Andrews and Shirley Maclaine. The list goes on!
The images in question are largely drawn from the archive of the late photographer Philip Gotlop who was originally appointed to photograph The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios in 1963 and then went on to spend the next couple of decades pointing his lens at the British pop and rock ‘establishment’. They are now being offered for sale as batches of negatives by one of our clients – Addisons of Barnard Castle – at an auction on Saturday 7 September.
What makes them particularly interesting (and collectible) is that as well as performance shots, the images also capture ‘off-the-record’ moments of the stars rehearsing, travelling or at leisure. For instance, we have snaps of George Harrison at his 21st birthday party, John Lennon and Yoko Ono at London Airport and The Beatles picking food off a menu and signing autographs for staff on a Pan Am flight.
This interest has been keenly reflected in the diverse and extensive press coverage that we have secured to promote the sale, which has ranged from a full page feature article in one of our key regional titles The Northern Echo, through to lead news items in the specialist press and national exposure on BBC News online. We have also had several music journalists tweeting about the sale – all adding to this considerable audience reach. We’re sure it will lead to increased bidding at the auction and we are keeping our fingers crossed for some record prices!
To view the collection, visit http://www.addisons-catalogues.co.uk/Catalogues/as070913/index.html