DescriptionBeatles Photo Set Printed from Original 1963 Negatives, John's is a Numbered Limited Edition, COAs Included. Four rarely-seen, archivally-printed B&W photos, one of each Beatle, taken approximately the first of May 1963 to be used as part of an advertising campaign for Lybro Jeans. The John Lennon photo is 11.75" x 16.5" (image size 7.25" x 13") and is hand numbered #2/300. The Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr photos are each 8.25" x 11.75" (5" x 9" image sizes). All four come with a COA stating: "I hereby state the un-retouched Beatles photograph that accompanies this certificate is produced from the original 1963 negative" signed by Richard Cooper. All in pristine condition in original sleeves and shipping envelopes.
Cooper was a photographer's apprentice in 1963 when these photos were shot. He discovered the original negatives in 2004, likely dating these prints. In a 2004 interview, he remembered that the session took place the week "From Me To You" reached Number One in the UK and that "it was at the shoot that John announced to the other members of the group that they would be number one by the end of the week, a fact they took completely in their stride." In this same auction, Lot 46323 to be exact, we are offering the Lybro advertising brochure illustrated with these very images. Be sure to check it out - the two lots would look great displayed together.
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