The U.K.'s Omega Auctions has organized a massive Beatles memorabilia sale for March 20, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the release of the band's chart-topping hit "Can't Buy Me Love." Among the auction's many highlights are a pair of jackets Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison wore while filming the Fab Four's 1965 movie Help!
The rare items, which also can be seen on the cover of The Beatles' Help! album, are expected to fetch as much as 70,000 pounds -- more than $116,000. In the movie, Starr and Harrison wore the jackets in scenes that were filmed in the Austrian Alps, where the band members had fled in an effort to escape the evil cult that was after a sacrificial ring that had come into Ringo's possession.
Omega Auctions official Paul Fairweather says of the jackets, "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. They feature on one of their most recognizable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block!"
"The Beatles Collection" auction will feature more than 200 lots in total, including rare vinyl and many other pieces of memorabilia.
The sale will take place at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool, England, and also will viewable live online. A full catalog of items being auctioned will be available on February 28.
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