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George Harrison’s personal sitar from 1965, which was the year the Beatles recorded Norwegian Wood will be auctioned by Nate D. Sanders Auctions on September 28, 2017. Harrison purchased his first sitar from the shop Indiacraft on Oxford Street in London in 1965. Harrison was quoted in the Beatles Anthologies, “…we’d recorded the Norwegian Wood backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it. It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

Norwegian Wood was recorded in October 1965, but the sitar string broke during the recording session. Harrison had no idea how to fix or replace the string. Producer George Martin suggested to Harrison that he contact Ayana Angadi, the Asian Music Circle (AMC) co-founder.

Ayana Angadi replaced the string and brought his family to the studio at Abbey Road to watch the Beatles record Norwegian Wood.

The song launched “The Great Sitar Explosion” in rock and roll, but for Harrison, it began a life-long relationship with Indian music, its culture and Hinduism. The AMC provided Indian musicians for Harrison’s next two Indian-style songs, Love you to and Within you without you. Harrison became the first Beatle to visit India and traveled to Mumbai to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar following the band’s final live concert in San Francisco in 1966.

Harrison married Pattie Boyd in January 1966. On their honeymoon in Barbados, Boyd’s friend George Drummond hosted the couple. Harrison gifted this sitar to Drummond. Steve Turner writes in his book, Beatles ’66: The Revolutionary Year, “During the days Pattie sunbathed and George practiced on his sitar. George even had a better sitar flown to Barbados for him, and when it arrived he gave his old one – probably the one he had bought from Indiacraft – to Drummond as a gift.”

Kanai Lal & Brother of Calcutta crafted the siftar, which comes with letters of authenticity from Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd and his friend George Drummond. Boyd wrote in the LOA that Harrison used the sitar to play Norwegian Wood to her on their honeymoon. Drummond’s LOA confirmed that Harrison gave him this sitar in February 1966 and it remained in his possession until he consigned it to Nate D. Sanders Auctions.

Bidding for the sitar begins at $50,000.



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On this day 7 September, 1936: Charles Hardin Holley (Buddy Holly) was born.
Buddy Holly’s band, the Crickets, inspired the Beatles own name. Buddy Holly who inspired John Lennon and Paul McCartney to play, sing, and write their own songs.

Quoting John Lennon: “Buddy Holly was the first one that we were really aware of in England who could play and sing at the same time – not just strum, but actually play the licks” .

Holly wrote original material, further inspiring the Beatles to do likewise.. Quoting Paul:”I still like Buddy’s vocal style. And his writing. One of the main things about The Beatles is that we started out writing our own material.

People these days take it for granted that you do, but nobody used to then. John I started to write because of Buddy Holly. It was like, ‘Wow! He writes and is a musician.





And throughout the Quarrymen/Beatles’ existence, they played a total of at least 13 Buddy Holly songs in live shows:

“Baby I Don’t Care (You’re So Square)”, 1960-61
“Crying, Waiting, Hoping”, 1960-62
“Everyday”, 1957-62
“It’s So Easy”, 1958-62
“Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues”, 1961-62
“Maybe Baby”, 1958-61
“Midnight Shift”, 1960-62
“Peggy Sue”, 1957-62
“Raining in My Heart”, 1959-62
“Reminiscing”, 1962-63
“That’ll Be the Day”, 1957-60
“Think it Over”, 1958-62
“Words of Love”, 1958-62

Recordings of the Beatles’ performances of these Buddy Holly songs exist for only 6 of the 13 listed above.

The first professional recording the Beatles (then the Quarrymen) ever made was their rendition of “That’ll Be The Day”, recorded  July 1958, but not commercially released until The Beatles Anthology 1.

The only other Buddy Holly song to date as far back as 1957 was “Peggy Sue”, which John Lennon recorded for his 1975 album Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Beatles first recorded “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” as part of their ill-fated Decca audition on New Year’s Day 1962.

They recorded it again on 16 July 1963 for the radio show Pop Goes the Beatles, the product of which was included on the album The Beatles: Live at the BBC.The Beatles played “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” in their live shows from 1961-62, but never recorded it until January 1969, during the Get Back sessions, which was included on The Beatles Anthology 3. The Beatles never recorded “Maybe Baby” until January 1969, when they jammed during the Get Back sessions. The A-side companion of “Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues” was the classic “Words of Love”, which the Beatles included on their 1964 album Beatles for Sale.The Beatles also recorded “Reminiscing” in Hamburg in 1962, which was released many years later on the album Live! At The Star-Club.
Though the Beatles never recorded “Raining in My Heart”, John Lennon paraphrased the opening lyrics (“The sun is out, the sky is blue”) in “Dear Prudence”. And although the Beatles themselves never recorded “It’s So Easy”, Paul McCartney has played it in his live shows. Lastly, though the Beatles never recorded “Think it Over”, Ringo Starr did perform the tune as part of the 2011 tribute album Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, issued in honor of what would have been Holly’s 75th birthday.


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Stella has secured a license with ISA Spa, which will see the firm create, produce and distribute underwear and swimwear collections in keeping with Stella’s eponymous brand’s ethics.

And the creative mastermind is excited by the partnership because she has always loved the products, and she hopes her customers will also enjoy wearing her garments, which will leave them feeling “confident and comfortable”.

Speaking about her partnership and the upcoming capsules, the mogul said: “Lingerie has been a personal obsession of mine for a long time and I have always been inspired by it. While for swimwear I want to encourage women to feel confident and comfortable about themselves and in what they are wearing.” And Stella believes the additional products that her eponymous brand will be launching next year marks an “important new chapter” for her fashion house. She continued: “This is an important new chapter for us at Stella McCartney and I feel that we have found the perfect partner for us, who really understands our brand and will bring together quality, ability and a high level of commitment to take us to this next chapter.”
Speaking about the joint venture, the chief executive office of ISA Spa, Mila Zegna, said: “Our mission is to support the brand DNA, core values and social responsibility beliefs thanks to a team that leverages our product know-how, luxury market knowledge and a dedicated sales strategy.”

However, this is not the first time Stella has released a lingerie line as in 2008 she launched a range of undergarments, which developed into a sleepwear range, and included a double mastectomy post-operative bra, as well as a limited edition set to raise awareness for Breast Cancer, which was followed by a beachwear range eight years later.


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Omega Auction’s forthcoming sale of the framed score, which is in Martin’s handwriting and is signed by Sir Paul McCartney, was initially billed by Warrington-based Omega Auctions as ‘the original’ version of the music sheet. The lot description has now been amended to ‘an original … one of only two known originals’ after a complaint by one of Martin’s four children that she possessed the original score.

Martin’s daughter Alexis Stratford read media coverage of the impending sale and instructed a lawyer to contact Omega Auctions to say she possessed the original, having been given it by her father 30 years ago.“[My father] knew it was of great historical value and even pointed out the coffee stains from John Lennon,” Stratford told.

‘Two known originals’

Omega Auctions stands by the authenticity of its lot. Karen Fairweather, director of Omega Auctions, told ATG: “We have had no row [with George Martin’s daughter]. Her score is an original and ours is an original, end of story. Our catalogue description states that the score we are selling is one of two known original scores. Fairweather added: “It’s a fantastic, historical piece and we are looking forward to selling it.”

The scores were prepared for the song’s recording, which included a string octet conducted by Martin, at Abbey Road studios in April 1966. The version owned by Stratford is an eight-page manuscript in pencil, whereas that being sold by Omega Auctions is four pages long, also containing musical notation for the string instrument parts and lyrics. Omega Auctions says the score consigned to its Warrington saleroom was one “most likely written out for the instrumentalists”.

George Martin provenance

According to the catalogue entry on, the score “was gifted to a gentleman who was well known in the music industry and was both a friend and business associate of George Martin. The signatures of George Martin and Paul McCartney are believed to have been added at a later date (circa late 1980s), most likely shortly before this was framed and gifted”. Stratford’s score, also mounted in a frame, is said to be worth £75,000 but is not for sale. The Omega Auctions lot, numbered 250 among other lots of Beatles memorabilia, also includes the deeds to the Liverpool grave of the real Eleanor Rigby, the song’s inspiration.

Ahead of the live auction on September 11-12, the most recent bid for the Omega Auctions lot on was £12,000 against an estimate of £15,000-25,000.