John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, and Paul McCartney created dozens of hit songs and several memorable records. They also created a painting together. “Images of a Woman,” which was painted by all four Beatles in 1966, is going up for auction later this month.
According to the NY Times, the painting is expected to fetch between $80,000 and $120,000.
SingMyHeart reports that the painting was created while the group was visiting Tokyo in 1966. The Beatles had been receiving death threats and security decided to confine them to their hotel rooms. With nothing but time to kill, John, George, Paul, and Ringo started painting.
Robert Whitaker, a photographer that traveled with the band, said:
“I never saw them calmer, more contented than at this time. They were working on something that let their personalities come out. I think it’s the only work they ever did all together that had nothing to do with music. They were very harmonious and happy, calling their wives and girlfriends, all the time doing this painting. They’d stop, go and do a concert and then it was “Let’s go back to the picture!”
Here’s a picture of the Beatles working on the painting.
The painting, which was signed by all four Beatles, was given to Tetsusaburo Shimoyama, the president of their Japanese fan club. Philip Weiss of Philip Weiss Auctions said that the painting was purchased from Shimoyama in the 90s. Weiss expects the painting to fetch around $100,000 when it goes up for auction on September 14.