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The most expensive piece of Beatles memorabilia ever

To coincide with the worldwide release of the digitally re-mastered back catalogue of every Beatles album on 09/09/09, the Saint Giles Street Gallery in association with the British Beatles Fan Club proudly presents the Eleven Million Dollar Picture Show, a collection of rarely seen original and vintage printed ephemera and photography reflecting the worlds most successful, iconic and popular band of all time.

The centerpiece of the show is an extremely rare original banned Beatles "butcher cover", a printer's proof from the personal collection of John Lennon.

The "butcher cover" will be exhibited with a note personally signed by John Lennon that says: "here's the famous banned butcher cover. You can sell it for $11 million dollars". And that's exactly what the owners of the Saint Giles Street Gallery are doing. The album will be on show and on sale for $11 million from the 10th September onwards - which makes it the most expensive piece of Beatles memorabilia ever!

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The original album cover was shot by legendary Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker who will also be showing some of his rarer images along with a unique set of limited edition silkscreen prints of each Beatle that have been psychedelised, and have never been shown in public before.

He has also put up for sale the original printer's proof for the Beatles '65 album for which he shot the cover.

Other highlights include rare photographs by some of the most renowned photographers of the sixties, including Norman Parkinson, Terry O'Neill, Frank Herrmann, Robert Whitaker, Michael Ward, Harry Benson and Tom Murray's rarely seen "Mad Day Out" pictures, shot throughout a day out in central London in 1968.

Also on sale will be rare film posters, original cartoon cells from "Yellow Submarine" and the official exhibition poster, which has been specially designed as a limited edition collector's item.

The Beatles $11 Million Dollar Picture Show will take place at the Saint Giles Street Gallery in Norwich, England, from September 10th to October 24, 2009. For more info, visit the Saint Giles Street Gallery at www.sgsgallery.com.

Published September 7, 2009

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