The drum skin used on the cover of The Beatles 1967 ‘ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has sold for a whopping £541,250 ($1m) at an auction in London. The skin was sold at Christie’s Auction House in the capital (July 10) for almost four times the estimated price. It was part of a large rock memorabilia auction which also featured Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Ella Fitzgerald lots.
The album was the first of the concept albums, a format that was repeated many times through the 70s.
The meaning of the song lyrics are still debated today. Was ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ really about LSD or just something John’s son Julian said’ Does John really refer to Paul being dead when you play the inner groove backwards’The cover also featured an array of personalities. Look for Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, Dion, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Munroe, and Sigmund Freud on the cover.