Incredibly rare outtakes from The Beatles’ photoshoot for iconic Abbey Road album cover sell for £180,000

The six stills were taken on same session as memorable cover shot

  • Photographer Iain Macmillan made band walk over road repeatedly
  • Paul McCartney picked shot used as album cover – rest were discarded

Rare photographs of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road shot for the cover of the last album they recorded together have sold for a staggering £180,000.

The six stills were rejected as possible covers of the Beatles’ famed Abbey Road album released in September 1969, just months before they split up.

They were taken by Scots photographer Iain Macmillan, a close friend of John Lennon, who balanced precariously on a ladder in the middle of the road in north London for the shoot.


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