Beatles "wrong way" Abbey Road photo up for auction



Bloomsburg Auctions

A rare photo showing the Beatles walking the "wrong way" across Abbey Road is expected to fetch big bucks at an auction later this month.

The version on the band's 1969 Abbey Road album shows them walking from left to right, but John Lennon leads the group from right to left in the picture up for sale May 22 by Bloomsbury Auctions, The Guardian reported.

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Other differences are likely to tantalize Beatles fans. On the album cover, Paul McCartney has bare feet, but in this shot he is wearing chunky sandals. The cigarette, which he holds on the album version, is either missing or hidden, according to The Guardian.

The rare image is one of just six taken during a 10-minute photo shoot by the late Iain Macmillan outside Abbey Road studios in northwest London. It is expected to fetch up to $14,000, according to MSNBC.

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"The photo has been called an icon of the 1960s. I think the reason it became so popular is its simplicity. It's a very simple, stylised shot and is a shot people can relate to," Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury Auctions told The Sun.

The image is one of 25 chromogenic prints made at the time and is being offered by a private music memorabilia collector.

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