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    Beatles Complete Magical Mystery Tour Fancy Dress Party Invitation (London, December 21, 1967). A 6.625" x 7.5" four panel foldout on cardstock (opens to 26.75" x 7.5"), printed in blue, red, and purple psychedelic designs. Text reads, in full: "Magical Mystery Tour Fancy Dress/ Thursday 21 December at 7:45pm/ Royal Lancaster Hotel Bayswater Road/ Entrance to Westbourne Suite/ Telephone 262-6787/ No admittance without this card". As the Beatles typically celebrated Christmas with a party, John Lennon suggested that they have a costume ball for the launch of their Magical Mystery Tour movie, scheduled to be shown on BBC television on December 26, and invite friends, family, and the film crew. This is a rare and very desirable invitation for that party, apparently not used. Near Mint condition. From the Uwe Blaschke Beatles Collection.

    All the Beatles and their partners attended the costume ball. John was an Elvis-style rocker while Cynthia Lennon dressed as a Victorian lady. Paul and Jane Asher wore matching King and Queen outfits. Ringo was a Regency gentleman and Maureen Starkey an Indian maiden. George came as an Errol Flynn-style swashbuckler while Pattie Harrison was in an Eastern Princess costume later described by Cynthia as "incredibly sexy in an eastern dancer's seven-veils-and-not-much-else outfit." At the party, the nineteen year-old singer Lulu, who was riding high on the success of her movie and single To Sir With Love, came dressed as Shirley Temple in a blond wig and carrying a large lollipop. Seeing a drunken John Lennon ignoring his wife and concentrating his attention on the sexily-dressed Pattie Harrison, Lulu went over to John and scolded him in a loud voice, waving her lollipop in the air at him. The normally-macho Lennon sat quietly and contritely with his head bowed, taking the criticism. Cynthia later wrote about the incident: "It was such a lovely sight, Lulu cornering John and giving him what for. John was much taken aback by Shirley Temple's serious lecture on how to treat his wife."


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