Clothing worn by Ringo Starr and George Harrison in the Beatles film Help! have sold at auction in Liverpool, England. The cape Starr wore in the 1965 Richard Lester film fetched $97,600 (£61,000), while Harrison's jacket sold for $86,400 (£54,000) at the Omega Auctions sale on Thursday (20Mar14).
Both items were expected to go for between $32,000 (£20,000) and $48,000 (30,000).
Meanwhile, a piano used by Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon while they were composing Yesterday and Help! was bought by a South American collector for $92,000 (£57,500).
A cape, suit and sheet of handwritten lyrics, which once belonged to McCartney, were withdrawn from the auction following a last-minute legal challenge from the rocker.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather tells the BBC, "Unfortunately the lawyers have claimed that Paul would never have given any clothing away."
A 1962 Rickenbacker guitar played by both George Harrison and John Lennon is to be auctioned off in New York in May (14). The instrument will be among the highlight items going under the hammer at the Julien's Auctions Music Icons event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on 16 and 17 May.
Harrison bought the Rickenbacker 425 guitar in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois while visiting his sister Louise. He asked the owner of Fenton's Music store to revamp the axe so it looked just like Lennon's Rickenbacker.
The guitarist played his prized possession when the Beatles first performed on TV show Ready Steady Go! in October, 1963, and again during an appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars the following December.
A spokesman for Julien's Auction picks up the story: "He also used it during a week-long tour in Sweden. Harrison was photographed with the guitar extensively and the entire band has been photographed posing with the guitar.
"George Harrison played the 1962 Rickenbacker in the Abbey Road studios when the Beatles recorded I Want to Hold Your Hand - the song that gave the band their now infamous big break in the United States."
Lennon played the guitar backstage before a Beatles performance in Glasgow, Scotland on 5 October, 1963. A photograph published in an August 1964 issue of Beat Monthly magazine shows the Fab Four frontman with the guitar.
Harrison gifted the instrument to pal George Peckham, after he asked to borrow one of the Beatles star's guitars for an appearance on British music show Top of the Pops with his band The Fourmost.
The Julien's Auction spokesman tells WENN, "Peckham kept the guitar on the condition it would never be modified."
Even the guitar's case has a history - Slade singer Noddy Holder reportedly bought it for Peckham when he spotted the guitarist carrying the instrument around.
The source adds, "Holder saw Peckham walking around with the guitar without a case and could not personally bear to see a Beatles guitar carried around without one."
The Rickenbacker 425 guitar is accompanied by two letters from Harrison's office, which confirm he gave the guitar to Peckham - one from Harrison's wife Olivia and the other from Caroline Foxwell, Harrison's assistant.
Other highlights included in the collection of Beatles memorabilia up for sale in New York include a Paul McCartney-used Hofner Bass guitar with mother-of-pearl pick guard, which was often rented by McCartney from Harris Hire in Beckenham, England, and a rare, signed Beatles '65 album.
Rockers Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the 2014 NME Awards in London on Wednesday (26Feb14) after taking home a trio of top honours. The Fluorescent Adolescent hitmakers, who headed into the ceremony with eight nominations, picked up the first prize of the night, for Best Live Band, and followed it up with the Best Album accolade for AM and Best British Band.
But it wasn't all about the Arctic Monkeys - their hit Do I Wanna Know? lost out to Disclosure's White Noise in the Best Track category, and Best Music Video went to Eagulls for Nerve Endings.
Lily Allen claimed the title of Best Solo Artist, but appeared a little shocked as she collected the trophy and told the crowd, "This is kind of dumb because David Bowie is in this category, and Jake Bugg, so this goes to you guys, not me! Thank you."
Meanwhile, Blur star and Innovation prize winner Damon Albarn was given the honour of introducing Sir Paul McCartney as the recipient of the one-off Songwriter's Songwriter award, in celebration of his phenomenal career.
As he took to the podium at the O2 Academy Brixton, the Beatles icon recalled reading the NME magazine during his youth and confessed to pulling off a prank with his Fab Four bandmates years ago, revealing: "One of the things we used to like to do was plant false stories in the NME and we actually got one in that George (Harrison) was Billy Fury's cousin, but he wasn't...!"
After a brief technical glitch, Blondie were honoured with the night's final accolade, the Godlike Genius award, and they wrapped up the event by hitting the stage for a hits medley, kicking off the set with their 1979 smash One Way or Another.
Other performances during the night came from the likes of The Horrors, Belle and Sebastian, and Metronomy, who teamed up with female trio Mutya Keisha Siobhan to open the show with Love Letters.
The main list of winners at the 2014 NME Awards is as follows:
Best British Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Live Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Album - AM by Arctic Monkeys
Best Track - White Noise, Disclosure
Best Solo Artist - Lily Allen
Best New Band - Drenge
Best International Band - Haim
Best Music Video - Nerve Endings by Eagulls
Best Music Film - Made of Stone, directed by Shane Meadows
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music - Belle and Sebastian
Philip Hall Radar Award - Fat White Family
Songwriter's Songwriter Award - Sir Paul McCartney
Godlike Genius - Blondie
Innovation - Damon Albarn
Best Festival - Glastonbury
Best TV Show - Breaking Bad
An autographed copy of The Beatles' second U.S. album gifted to George Harrison's throat doctor 50 years ago is set to go under the hammer at a memorabilia auction next month (Mar14). The Meet The Beatles! vinyl was signed by Harrison and his bandmates and given to Dr. Jules Gordon as a thank you after he successfully treated the singer/guitarist for tonsillitis in February, 1964.
The treatment allowed him to perform as part of the Fab Four's U.S. TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show days later after missing out on rehearsals.
The lot is expected to fetch at least $10,000 (£6,250) when it goes up for grabs as part of RR Auction's March Marvels of Modern Music sale.
Other Beatles keepsakes also featured in the auction include a sketch of a naked woman and a sheep by John Lennon and a signed first pressing of their debut EP, Twist and Shout, both of which have starting bids of $1,000 (£625).
An autographed copy of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been snapped up at auction for $175,698 (£109,811). The first-issue mono pressing of the 1967 record, signed by Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Star and the late John Lennon and George Harrison, went under the hammer at RR Auction house on Wednesday (15Jan14).
Pop veteran Tommy Roe is set to relive the night he supported The Beatles at their very first concert in America by recreating the event for its 50th anniversary with a Fab Four tribute band. The Dizzy singer, 71, opened for the Let It Be hitmakers at their iconic Washington Coliseum show in Washington, D.C. on 11 February, 1964, two days after the great Brits made their U.S. performing debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Now Roe has signed up to take part in a re-enactment of the landmark gig to celebrate the historic occasion next month (Feb14).
He will take the stage for an acoustic set at the same venue on 11 February (14), before cover band Beatlemania Now perform the same setlist Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison delighted fans with five decades ago.
Photos of the original concert, snapped by a young Mike Mitchell, will also be exhibited at the event, which has been put together by officials at the DC Preservation League and Douglas Development Corporation. Proceeds from photos sold at the bash will benefit the DC Preservation League, which aims to preserve and protect the history and environment of the area.
Beatles star George Harrison turned down a special honour from British royal Queen Elizabeth II in 2000. The musician was chosen to a receive an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal in the Queen's New Years Honours List in 2000, but Harrison refused the honour.
The snub was revealed in paperwork obtained by Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper.
Harrison previously accepted a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from the royal in 1965 along with his Beatles bandmates, although John Lennon later sent his back as part of a peace protest.
Reports suggest Harrison snubbed the OBE honour because he would have preferred a knighthood, an award which was handed to his bandmate Sir Paul McCartney in 1997.
The star died in 2001, just a year after he turned down the OBE.
Sir Paul McCartney has been credited with helping Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary score the rights to use the Beatles' music in a planned biopic about legendary Fab Four manager Brian Epstein, after his requests to publishing bosses were repeatedly snubbed. Tiwary detailed Epstein's life story in last year's (12) graphic novel The Fifth Beatle, and he has been working on adapting the project for the big screen for years.
However, he struggled to secure permission to use a handful of Beatles songs for the movie soundtrack for some time, until his letters finally reached surviving Beatle Sir Paul McCartney. The rocker checked out Tiwary's comic book and became such a big fan, he greenlit the request himself and enlisted the backing of former bandmate Ringo Starr, John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono and George Harrison's widow Olivia, too.
Tiwary tells BlogtalkRadio.com, "One of the exciting things about the film is that we got music rights; the sign-off from Paul, Ringo, Yoko and Olivia Harrison, which allowed us to do a deal with (bosses at publishing company) Sony ATV.
"We are literally the first and only film in history to have gotten those rights. It took me three years and I literally, in my momentos, have four rejection letters. I just kept going until I got to Paul McCartney. He loves the book. He's very protective of the Beatles' legacy and he's been very, very warm in recent years about Brian's memory. It's Paul who very famously said, 'If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.'"
Tiwary admits he was "a little nervous" to receive feedback on the comic from McCartney, but his fears quickly melted away: "He loved it. He was also very moved in particular that Andrew C. Robinson, the artist (for the graphic novel), painted every single page on a canvas.
"In fact, one of Paul's lesser known songs is Magneto vs. Titanium Man so he's literally a hardcore comic book guy. It was a great thrill to know that he is a supporter of the book. He wrote us a lovely note and I'm very humbled and honoured by that."
Bring It On filmmaker Peyton Reed has been hired to direct The Fifth Beatle, which is due to begin production next year (14).
Epstein died of a drug overdose in 1967.
Casting details have yet to be announced. David Angus played the manager in 1991's The Hours & Times and Rory Kinnear portrayed Epstein in 2010's Lennon Naked.
Bono and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin helped raise $26 million (£17.3 million) for charity by singing at a star-studded auction in New York on Saturday (23Nov13). The U2 frontman teamed with top designers Sir Jonathon Ive and Marc Newson to put together a collection of specially designed luxury items, from companies such as Hermes and Apple, for Jony and Marc's (RED) Auction at Sotheby's in Manhattan.
The event included a performance by Bono and Martin, who joined forces to sing a medley of U2's Beautiful Day and Lou Reed's Perfect Day, with the Coldplay star playing a custom-built red grand piano which was sold for $1.9 million (£1.3 million).
Other items featured in the sale included a storm trooper helmet from the Star Wars franchise signed by George Lucas which sold for $245,000 (£163,333).
The auction was attended by more than 1,000 guests including Harrison Ford, Meg Ryan, Courtney Love and Hayden Panettiere, and it raised around $13 million (£8.7 million) for Global Fund to Fight AIDs, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The final total came in at around $26 million (£17.3 million) after executives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation agreed to double the sales figure.
Yoko Ono has expressed her gratitude to Sir Paul McCartney for publicly putting an end to his long-running grudge against her in a new Rolling Stone magazine article. The surviving Beatles star recently admitted his feelings towards Ono had mellowed over the years after falling out with John Lennon's widow in the late 1960s, when the Fab Four began to experience the problems that would lead to their split in 1970.
He told Rolling Stone, "I thought, 'If John loved her, there's got to be something. He's not stupid'" and added that bandmate George Harrison once advised him to let go of his negative feelings, telling McCartney, "You don't want stuff like that hanging around in your life".
Ono confesses she is grateful for McCartney's comments because she has long admired his work.
She tells the Associated Press, "I'm very thankful. I never felt too bad about Paul. He was my husband's partner and they did a great job and all that. They seemed to have a lot of fun, and I respected that."