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The Beatles. Portrait of John Lennon by Stuart Sutcliffe up for auction

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A portrait of John Lennon by Stuart Sutcliffe, his friend and former member of The Beatles, has been put up for auction. It is expected that the amount from its sale will reach 10-20 thousand. pounds. Sutcliffe painted it shortly before his death.

Stuart Sutcliffe’s portrait of John Lennon is up for sale on Tracks Auctions. This is probably the only portrait by Sutcliffe that shows the tragically deceased frontman, according to the Independent.

The painting is a watercolor, painted in 1961 or 1962 in Hamburg in Germany. It was created in Sutcliffe’s studio, in the attic of the family’s apartment of his then-partner, photographer Astrid Kirchherr. Sutcliffe also lived there for the last months of his life. The painting was put up for auction by Ulf Kruger, Kirchnerr’s former manager. It is expected to sell for 10-20 thousand. pounds (approx. PLN 50-100 thousand).

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Sutcliffe and Lennon were friends

Stuart Sutcliffe was a member of The Beatles in the first period of the group’s existence and played bass guitar in it. He left the band in July 1961 to focus on his painting career. Sutcliffe was also a friend of Lennon. They met at Liverpool College of Art, where they both studied. According to The Independent, they also shared a flat in Liverpool. “They inspired each other, laughed, drank, painted and read together,” says Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, quoted by the portal. After Sutcliffe left the band, he enrolled at the Hamburg College of Art.

As stated in the auction description, in his book “Beatles Guide Hamburg”, Kruger describes that the Beatles were frequent guests at the Kirchherr house during their performances in Hamburg. “Not only were they served their favorite English breakfast of ham, eggs or steak and mashed potatoes, they were also discovering new books and CDs.”

Sutcliffe died of a stroke at the age of 21 on April 10, 1962.

Independent, tracksauctions.com

Main photo source: Michael Putland/Retna

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