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In Pictures: Unseen Beatles photos from Help! film set up for auction

The pictures showing the Fab Four frolicking in Obertraun, Austria, in March 1965 could fetch up to £15,000.

John Lennon on the set of Help! in Obertauern, Austria, in March 1965 (Bernd Kappelmeyer/PA)
John Lennon on the set of Help! in Obertauern, Austria, in March 1965 (Bernd Kappelmeyer/PA)

More than 100 previously unseen photographs of the Beatles on the set of their 1965 film Help! could fetch up to £15,000 at auction.

Taken in March that year, the collection shows the Fab Four in Obertraun, Austria, during the shooting of their musical comedy adventure.

Wrapped in thick black coats and wearing caps and sunglasses, the 124 black-and-white 35mm negatives show John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr shooting scenes against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

124 black and white 35mm negatives taken on the set of Help! in Obertauern, Austria during March of 1965 (Bernd Kappelmeyer/PA)

The photos, taken by German photographer Bernd Kappelmeyer, are expected to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000 when they go under the hammer at Omega Auctions in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside.

They come as part of a haul of Beatles memorabilia, which includes an original sign from Abbey Road and a set of costume patterns for the psychedelic suits worn by the group on the cover of their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Costume patterns for the famous suits worn by The Beatles for the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Omega Auctions/PA)

The original card measurements, made by tailor Bermans of London in 1967, were used to create the military outfits worn by the band in their mid-career pomp.

The two sets include detailed measurements for each band member and are expected to sellfor between £4,000 and £6,000.

The lot also contains ceramic tiles from a road sign on Abbey Road, which have been set a guide price of between £4,000 and £6,000.

John Lennon’s measurements for his psychedelic military-style outfit (Omega Auctions/PA)

These tiles were, according to the vendor, rescued from a wall being demolished in the mid-1990s close to Snowman House, a block of flats at the north end of Abbey Road.

The Beatles recorded almost all their albums and singles at the street’s famous studios between 1962 and 1970.

The exact date of the tiles is unknown, although the style of street sign was used in several north London areas between the 1880s and 1900.

The lots, which are to be sold separately, will go under the hammer next Tuesday.

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