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The drum skin used on the cover of The BeatlesSgt Pepper album has sold for £541,250 ($1.07m) at auction in London, the BBC reports.

The drum, which was handmade by a circus sign painter for the cover of the 1967 album, was up for auction alongside John Lennon‘s lyrics for Give Peace a Chance at Christie’s rock memorabilia sale.

The handwritten lyrics sold for £421,250 ($833,000) and a pair of tinted prescription sunglasses belonging to Lennon, which the singer wore for the cover of the single Mind Games, raised £39,650 ($78,400).

The entire collection, which included photos never seen in public before, fetched more than £1.5m ($2.97m)

Recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Woburn Music Festival in July 1968 went for £48,050 ($95,000), a Marshall amplifier used by Hendrix in concert fetched £25,000 ($49,400) and a pair of his stripy flared trousers made £20,000 ($39,550).

A 1967 Gibson guitar, formerly owned by Pete Townshend of the Who, sold for £32,450 ($64,200).


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