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John Lennon White Suit from Abbey Road Album Cover
A two-piece ivory wool blend suit worn by John Lennon as he appeared on the cover of the final Beatles album Abbey Road (Capitol Records, 1969).
Consisting of a two button jacket having maker's medallion and chain at inner left pocket reading: "Tedd/6 Place Victor Hugo/Paris" and matching flat front pants having label reading: "Tedd/6, Place Victor-Hugo-Paris/John Lennon." Also present is facsimile copy of a letter of authenticity.
The indelible single file image of The Beatles crossing the street outside London's Abbey Road Studios transpired in a brief, impromptu half hour session between one of their final recording sessions in August 1969. Paul McCartney recalls the session, "The crossing was right outside, and we said, 'Let's just go out, get a photographer and walk out on the crossing. It'll be done in half an hour.' It was getting quite late and you always have to get the cover in ahead of the sound. So we got hold of the photographer Iain Macmillan, gave him a half hour and walked across the crossing."
Lennon remembers, "We were just wishing the photographer would hurry up. Too many people were hanging around…We're meant to be recording, not posing for Beatle pictures -- that's what we were thinking. And, I was muttering, Come on, hurry up now, keep in step." (Both excerpts from "The Beatles Anthology," Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2000, page 341 & 342). The suit was gifted from Lennon to close friend Richard Ross; the owner of the famed New York club and restaurant, Home.The final Abbey Road re-mix on August 20th would be the last time all four Beatles would share the same studio space.