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Beatles collarless jackets up for auction: A case of mistaken identity?

Gotta Have It! Collectibles based in New York is offering a set of four Beatles collarless jackets in their latest online auction. The Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction was launched on April 24 and runs through May 3. Lot #28 features four jackets worn by John, Paul, George and Ringo each with black pants with a minimum bid of $95,000. The auction site claims that The Beatles wore these jackets in their film 'A Hard Day's Night.'

The Beatles collarless jackets up for auction through Gotta Have It! Collectibles
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However, any Beatles fan can easily determine when viewing 'A Hard Day's Night' that The Beatles are never seen wearing these jackets in the film. In fact, according to the website, the collarless jacket style was only worn by The Beatles in 1963. 'A Hard Day's Night' was filmed during the spring of 1964.

On the auction site, the items are described as having extensive documentation "including D.A. Millings signed letters of authenticity, original letters from BBC producer Joe Godwin as well as Terry Sampson and Diana Bromley from The Beatles Store [sic] Museum."

However, even the photograph of The Beatles wearing the jackets shown with the lot description is not a picture from their film. From a collector's point of view, there seems to be strong case for doubt as to when (and possibly if) The Beatles wore these jackets.

The auction also features hundreds of other memorabilia items from artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna and The Doors. Lot #1 features a signed and inscribed TV that Elvis Presley shot with his gun.

An email inquiry to Gotta Have It! about the description of the Beatles jackets had not received a response at the time of this writing.


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