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The Beatles, 'Sgt. Pepper' - Sleeve Notes

By Mark Beaumont

Posted on 02 Jan 13

 
 

‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is not only the most recognisable album sleeve in history, but also the most valuable. At £70,000 a pop, Jay-Z and Kanye would’ve had to make their ‘Watch The Throne’ packaging out of actual gold to come close to matching it. OK, you wouldn’t get that sort of sum down Record & Tape for a standard copy like the twelve you’ll find in every record collection in the land - you’d get 47p tops, unless George Harrison had personally eaten one of the corners. The £70,000 is the going price for one of the 100 copies of a limited edition Christmas sleeve from 1967 featuring record executives’ faces instead of the celebrity line-up. But the famous Peter Blake original, artistically, remains priceless, and here’s twenty facts behind those legendary cardboard faces. Simply mouse over the image to reveal the info.








 
 
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