Nobody can resist The Beatles, particularly not The Fab Four’s hardcore fans, of which there are certainly quite a few. As BBC reports, the copy of the (in)famous Beatles’ ‘butcher’ album just sold at The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool as part of a wider sale of their merchandise for some 180,000 British pounds (179,200, to be precise) or in the realm of $230,000!
The phrase ‘butcher’ album came about when the original cover for The Beatles’Yesterday and Today album, NME explains, “showed the iconic band covered in raw meat and decapitated baby dolls before it was withdrawn from sale in 1966. The cover shot was taken by Australian photographer Robert Whitaker and sparked outrage upon release in the US – where it was suggested that it was a protest against the Vietnam War.”
Capitol Records quickly replaced the cover with The Beatles and a travel trunk. Supposedly,Yesterday And Today was the only Beatles album to lose money for Capitol. This particular ‘butcher’ copy that was owned by John Lennon has Lennon’s signature and those of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and as appicnews.com states, the copy is believed to be the only ‘butcher’ album bearing the three Beatles’ signatures.
In a statement by Darren Julian, president of Julien’s Auctions that conducted the sale it is said that, “the anonymous buyer bought the record as an investment believing it will increase in value in the years to come.” He also added that he anticipates the same record to bring “$500,000-plus” in the coming five years.