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†Three of the original Madame Tussaud's Beatles wax portrait heads used on the cover of 'Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band' plus an early Paul McCartney head
A once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase a piece of pop history - the original wax heads of John, George and Ringo with cut-off shirts and ties, supplied by Madame Tussaud's to be used on what has to be the most iconic cover shot of all time the Sgt. Pepper album sleeve. Together with an original Paul head from the 1960s, which was not used on the cover but completes the fab-foursome. The lot is sold with framed copies of the front and back of the Sgt. Peppers album, the back features a credit to Tussaud's. Not sold with stands. (6)
Height: George measures approx. 12 inch.(30 cm), John measures approx 13 inch. (33 cm), Ringo measures approx. 9.5 inch. (24 cm) and Paul measures approx. 13 inch. (33 cm)

A total of sixty two photographic enlargements were combined to create the backdrop of what is undoubtedly the most recognizable (and plagiarised) album cover ever designed by Peter Blake and based on a concept by Paul and John - it would be as though the Beatles were another band, performing a concert.
According to Blake 'Paul and John said I should imagine that the band had just finished the concert, perhaps in a park. I then thought that we should have a crowd standing behind them, and this developed into the collage idea… I wanted to have the waxworks of the Beatles because I thought they might be looking at Sgt. Pepper's band too. The Tussaud's figures were a key part of Blake's interpretation of the concept 'It was a comment on the fact that the record wasn't really by The Beatles but by Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, so The Beatles themselves were in the audience watching Sgt. Pepper's band…'
The waxworks were borrowed from Madame Tussauds who are credited on the back of the album for the shoot that took place at photographer Michael Cooper's studio on 30th March 1967.

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273†: The Beatles waxwork heads from Sgt Peppers' cover

Estimate £70,000 - £80,000Oct 27, 2005
Camberley, Surrey, UK