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PAUL’s ASTON MARTIN AND RINGO’s MINI COOPER FOR SALE

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Consigned to Bonhams’ auction in London on December 2 are two cars owned by famous members of the Fab Four: an Aston Martin once owned by Paul and a Mini Cooper that was Ringo.

The 1964 Aston Martin DB5 was purchased new from the factory and registered first to his accounting firm and then to Paul McCartney himself. It was originally painted Sierra Blue with a black interior, and fitted with a long list of options and special equipment – not least of them the dashboard record player.
The Aston has passed through several hands since Paul parted with it, including those of noted collector and broadcaster Chris Evans (of Top Gear fame). It has since undergone an exhaustive four-year restoration process that’s brought it up past the condition in which it left the factory, including an upgraded engine bored out from 4.0 liters to 4.2, with output rising from 282 hp to 315,
It’s also been repainted in silver and reupholstered in a deep Mulberry red. Bonhams expects it will sell for between £1,250,000 and £1,500,000 (or about $1.6-2 million at current exchange rates).
Too rich for your blood? The same auction will also feature a highly customized Mini Cooper commissioned by Ringo and valued at £90,000-120,000 ($118-157k). Ringo had the Mini enlarged to accommodate his drum kit, and appointed to Rolls-Royce levels of luxury with two-tone Regal Red and silver paint, sunroof, walnut interior trim, and more. It even has the taillights from a Volkswagen Beetle, somewhat ironically.
Described as the “Rolls-Royce of Minis,” Ringo’s ride has been owned by the same family since 1977. It’s appeared on Top Gear, traveled as part of the Beatle City exhibition, and won the coveted Cartier Style et Luxe award at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998.

The Bond Street Sale is set to take place on December 2.


JOHN’s FORMER SURREY MANSION HITS THE MARKET FOR £8.9m

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The Surrey home where John penned some of the Beatles biggest hits has listed for £8.9m.

Purchased by the musician and his first wife Cynthia in 1964, at the peak of Beatlemania, Kenwood sits in 1.5 acres on the St George’s Hill estate in Weybridge.

John hired interior designer Kenneth Partridge to overhaul the house. Partridge knocked down walls to create party-friendly reception rooms and installed mauve flocked wallpaper and a globe-shaped bar. The musician – who wrote ‘I Am the Walrus’ in the attic – sold the home just four years later when the couple separated.

There’s little trace of Partridge left in the six-bedroom home’s interiors, which have been renovated by the current owners. Spacious rooms feature leaded windows that look onto the mansion’s stepped garden, while the living room comes with a fireplace and original wood-panelling.

A vaulted games room leads down to a cinema, and there’s also a library, sauna and wine cellar. The separate one-bedroom coach house offers room for extra guests, and has a detached indoor swimming pool.

The Surrey property, which is 18 miles from London, is on the market with Knight Frank for £8.9m – somewhat more than the £20k Lennon originally paid for it.


PHOTO JOURNALIST HARRY BENSON RECEIVES AWARD IN St. LOUIS

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Some of the most famous photographs of past celebrities were taken by one man – photo journalist Harry Benson. He’s photographed all the presidents since Eisenhower, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and Richard Nixon’s resignation.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked to 87-year-old Scottish-born Benson about his iconic career. The multi-award winning photo journalist will be awarded in St. Louis and inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. He said he appreciates the award but that it was never his objective when he started his career.

“I wasn’t thinking of any awards,” Benson said. “…Basically, [I] just wanted to stay on the payroll at the end of the week.”

 

In regards to his work, he said he was never choosy. One day he would photograph The Beatles and the next he could be at the White House or covering a traffic accident. But sometimes, luck was on his side as well. He happened to be at the scene of Bobby Kennedy’s assassination. Amid the chaos, he took the iconic photo tied to that tragic event.


THE GUITAR BOB DYLAN PLAYED AT THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH SOLD FOR $396,000

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An anonymous buyer purchased Dylan’s 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar from Heritage Auctions for $396,000, nearly $100,000 more than its expected top bid.

Larry Cragg, who served as Dylan’s guitar repairman, put up the guitar for auction, the Associated Press reports. Cragg purchased the acoustic guitar from the music icon in 1977 for $500; a copy of the receipt was included in the sale along with additional provenance.
“According to Cragg, he has kept the guitar in a humidity-controlled environment, with loosened strings for the forty years it’s been in his possession, and it has not been played since it was wielded by Bob Dylan in 1977,” Heritage Auctions said of the guitar.

Dylan notably used the guitar while performing at George Harrison’s famed Concert for Bangladesh in New York as well as in the mid-Seventies while touring with his Rolling Thunder Revue. In 1977, Dylan decided to perform solely with Gibson guitars and sold the instrument to Cragg.

 
In 2013, Dylan’s sunburst Fender Stratocaster from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival sold at auction for a then-record $965,000.


Watch a video about Dylan’s 1963 Martin D-28 acoustic guitar below:

 


“HOW THE BEATLES CHANGED THE WORLD” WITH REVEALING INTERVIEWS AND RARELY-SEEN ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE

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“How The Beatles Changed The World” is a unique feature documentary reassessing the Beatles’ impact as artistic, social and cultural revolutionaries. With unlimited access to the ITN, ITV and Fox archives, including some footage that was only discovered for the first time last year, the film traces the band from class warriors to mystics of the psychedlic age. From the rock and roll boom and the band’s emergence in Liverpool, to the UFO club and Tim Leary, the CND, the Paris riots and Vietnam – this 110 minute film is an alternative cultural history of the most remarkable decade of the twentieth century – the 1960s – with the Beatles in the driving seat.

A fascinating story of the cultural, social, spiritual and musical revolution that was ignited by The Beatles, with revealing interviews and rarely-seen archival footage of the band.

AVAILABLE (USA, UK, EUROPE, AMERICA ,JAPON…) …   HERE

 

This documentary presents a bold new take on the most significant band in the history of music and their enduring impact on popular culture.