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George Harrison's Leather Jacket Sells for $177,000 at Auction

We are indeed living in a material world.

George Harrison’s black leather jacket, which he wore on and off stage during The Beatles' pre-Brian Epstein days in the early '60s, sold for £110,450 (around $177,400) yesterday as part of Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia sale.

Bidders competed fiercely for the jacket, which Harrison bought for $14 in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. They also snapped up a pair of the late guitarist's "Beatle" boots for £61,250 (around $98,000). The boots are synonymous with the height of Beatlemania in 1964, and Harrison can be clearly seen wearing an identical pair during the filming of A Hard Days Night, The Beatles' first film.

An item from Harrison's post-Beatles years — the orange western-style shirt he wore at the Concert For Bangladesh in 1971 — took in £23,750, which is something in the ballpark of $37,000.

For more info on the sale, check out bonhams.com.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.