Iconic memorabilia going under the hammer
Edward Keeble

10:11 12th February 2014

The Beatles Help! jackets, as worn by the fab four in their 1965 film, have been put up for auction.

Amongst 200 other pieces of Beatles memorabilia, the jackets will be auctioned off, taken from director Richard Lester's private collection. When the bidding opens through Omega Auctions next month they are expected to take between $82,000 (£49875) and $115,000 (£69947).

"As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector," said auctioneer Paul Fairweather. "They feature on one of their most recognizable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block."

 Check out the trailer for Help! below

The auction marks the 50th anniversary of the Can't Buy Me Love album and will take place at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool. Another collectors piece that is up for sale is a chunk of wall signed by the fab four at the Ed Sullivan Show debut. It is expected to fetch anywhere up to $1 Million (£607,091).

Talking to Rolling Stone last month Starr reminisced about the infamous performance: "It was Ed Sullivan, and it was a big show, and we didn't know while we were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting. All the music we loved was in America; it came from America to England.

"Where we come from, Liverpool, it was great because it was a port, so all of the guys from New York would bring the tracks over. Vinyl in those days, the LPs, and it was just great. I could feel the buzz, even on the plane, it was so exciting. I went, Aaaaah!"

 Below: 11 American artists that wouldn't exist if it weren't for The Beatles

  • The Killers: "I owe everything to The Beatles," frontman Brandon Flowers once told the Liverpool Echo. "When I was in Liverpool last, I went on a real tourist pilgrimage. It blew me away, seeing the houses they lived in. Just being in Liverpool was a humbling experience for me. The UK was the first place to open their arms to us and we are still grateful for that. In a lot of senses it’s home for us musically. A lot of the music we heard that made us want to be in a band came from the UK."

  • Nirvana: Kurt Cobain would often cite The Beatles as one of his favourite bands of all time. They formed his earliest musical memories, and the song 'About A Girl' is said to have been written after listening to Meet The Beatles on repeat.

  • Foo Fighters: Yup, Dave Grohl once famously wrote: "If it weren't for The Beatles, I would not be a musician. From a very young age I became fascinated with their songs, and over the years have drowned myself in the depth of their catalogue. Their groove and their swagger. Their grace and their beauty. Their dark and their light. The Beatles seemed to be capable of anything."

  • The Beach Boys: Stunned by the sheer quality of Rubber Soul while recording Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson rushed to his wife and shouted: "Marilyn, I'm gonna make the greatest album! The greatest rock album ever made!"

  • Panic! At The Disco: Discussing the more eclectic and psychedelic nature of their recent albums, drummer Spencer Smith once told Rolling Stone: "In the past couple of years we were listening to stuff that was a little bit different than what we were on the first record, and the Beatles would be an example of that."

  • Prince: His Royal Badness loves classic pop and rock n' roll and is like a musical sponge - of course The Beatles are an influence. He also does a pretty mean cover of 'Come Together'.

  • Green Day: With an insatiable love of a good hook and pop anthem, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong once famously said: "I think that some of the Beatles’ songs are way more punk rock than most punk songs written today."

  • Smashing Pumpkins: Bald-headed alt-grunge hero Billy Corgan said that The Beatles were the first band to inspire him to pick up a guitar, saying: "They set the rock pop paradigm we are in. If you go from 'Love Me Do' to 'Helter Skelter' that covers about 85-90 percent of popular rock music."

  • PIXIES: Not only were Black Francis and co once referred as 'the Psychotic Beatles', but their seminal Doolittle was heavily influenced by the noise and variety The White Album. Of course it was.

  • St Vincent: She does a pretty awesome cover of 'Dig A Pony', showing the true influence of John Lennon's guitar mastery on her own firecracker style.

  • Flaming Lips: Being the modern masters of mind-bending psychedelia and experimental noise, it should come as no surprise that The Beatles are one of Flaming Lips' main influences. Not only have they covered them countless times, but Wayne Coyne once said: "The Beatles and Pink Floyd didn't just make records, they stood for something."