The Beatles ‘Only’ Masterpiece Goes Up for Grabs in New York Auction

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The Beatles' 1966 painting, "Images of a Woman," will be up for sale at Christie's auction house in early 2024 Credit: CNN

The current hottest masterpiece on the auction block is the only painting that received collaboration from all four members of the legendary boy band group, The Beatles.

The painting, “Images of a Woman” was birthed at the presidential suite of the Tokyo Hilton during a tour in Japan in 1966.  This was after a visitor gifted them art supplies. Experts describe it as valuable as it is the only painting that has the signatures of the members of The Beatles.

“Images of a Woman” has been listed for auction at the Christie’s Auction House on February 1, 2024, in New York. It is estimated to sell between €364,000 and €545,766, according to an official at Christie’s.

Images of a Woman crystallizes a magic moment in Beatles history. It’s such a rarity to have a work on paper outside of their music catalog that is (a) physical relic, this tangible object with contributions from all four of The Beatles,” she said of the 21.5- by 31-inch painting.

“It’s memorabilia, it’s a work of art, it appeals to probably a much larger cross-section of collectors… It’s a wonderful piece of storytelling,” said Christie’s specialist Casey Rogers during a phone interview with CNN.

“Images of a Woman” painting after its completion was first obtained by the chairman of The Beatles Tokyo fan club, Tetsusaburo Shimoyama. It was later sold to Takao Nishino, a renowned store owner in Japan, and stayed on the Japan soil for 46 years.

The Beatles was a Rock band of four boys who were the face of the 1960s counterculture. Comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, they are regarded as the most influential band of fall time from Liverpool.

However, just two out of the four are currently alive: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. John Lennon was shot and killed in 1980, and George Harrison passed away from cancer in 2001.

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