Learn about The Beatles’ painting up for auction


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The members of The Beatles were known for being incredibly creative, not just in music but in the arts as well. George Harrison and Ringo Starr dabbled in the world of cinema, while Paul McCartney and John Lennon explored plastic art. In 1966, the four musicians from Liverpool painted a picture together called “Images of a Woman.” During a tour in Japan, the band had to spend a lot of time in the hotel due to fan harassment. They took advantage of this time to create the collaborative work, which will be auctioned in February for an estimated $400,000 to $600,000.

The Beatles took two days to complete the painting, and the process was photographed by Robert Whitaker. He revealed, “They stopped painting, did a concert, and then said, ‘Let’s go back to the painting!’ I have never seen them calmer or happier than at this moment” (via My Modern Met). The work, which has a strong psychedelic influence, was created by all four members, with each painting a section. Ringo Starr painted the bottom left corner, George Harrison the bottom right, Paul McCartney the top right, and John Lennon the top left.

Christie’s will be auctioning the unique piece, and specialist Casey Rogers commented, “It is memorabilia, it is a work of art, and it appeals to a much larger section of collectors… It is a fabulous narrative piece.” In other Beatles news, find out who “Sexy Sadie” was in the group’s song.

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