The Beatles’ unused ‘Abbey Road’ photos up for auction

The sale is expected to reach between £50,000-70,000

Unused photos from The Beatles‘ ‘Abbey Road’ photoshoot are set to go on sale at auction.

As The Guardian report, the shots were taken on 8 August 1969 by photographer Iain Macmillan, who had only ten minutes to complete the entire shoot.

Six photos were taken in all, including the photo that eventually made the final cut, as well as a scenery shot of the Abbey Road sign.


“[The photos] are incredibly rare,” said Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury Auctions. “I’ve spoken to other music dealers and no one has been able to find a complete set on the market for at least 10 years.”

The collection will hit auction on November 21, with a sales estimate of between £50,000-70,000.

‘Abbey Road’ was released in September 1969, with the iconic album cover beloved and parodied ever since. The artwork is also the focus of several conspiracy theories, including one that Paul McCartney is in fact dead and was replaced on the sleeve by an imposter.