John Lennon: Sgt. Pepper Album Sketch

This ink drawing by John Lennon for what would become the 1967 album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was found in a sketchbook left behind at Kenwood, the home where the famous Beatle once lived in Surrey. The sketch is up for sale at Julien’s Auctions for an estimated $40,000  to $60,000.

Here’s the album cover done by pop artist Sir Peter Blake.  All the Beatles ultimately had a hand in the cover design. Released in 1967, the album celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017 as one of the most influential works of all time. Paul McCartney announced earlier this year it will be reissued on CD and vinyl May 26 for the 50th. Here’s the promo video.

The box set features bonus recordings, alternate mixes, a 144-page book, a remastered version of the 1992 Making of Sgt Pepper documentary, plus restored promo films for Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane. Read more here.

Listen to an unreleased outtake of the title track here.

More information on the John Lennon sketch at Julien’s Auctions, here.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover at the Victoria and Albert museum, here.

Photo Credit: Sketch, Julien’s Auctions

5 replies »

  1. Woh… Lennon sketched that? If I had the money, I would easily put 100’s not 10’s of thousand of dollars in that sketch. And donate it to a museum. But I don’t have the money. 🙂
    (I will put my original Sgt Pepper’s LP on the turntable in a minute before it turns 50) 🙂
    That last bit did depress me though)
    Be good.

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  2. OMG! My body is 100% goose bumps, and yes, I shivered through the entire video. I miss John Lennon. He was the most positive voice I can think of within my lifetime.

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