Beatles Auction: Manager Brian Epstein’s watch is on sale


For sale, the Cartier watch that helped keep The Beatles punctual: Brian Epstein’s timepiece is one of the lots at the Fab Four auction, which also features John Lennon’s school keepsake sheet and glasses of his

The first time Brian Epstein met The Beatles, they were late.

The unruly young musicians had been on their way from the Cavern Club to a pub in Liverpool.

Notorious for their lackluster timekeeping, Epstein knew the first thing he had to do with his new band instilled some professionalism.

Hullabaloo TV show by Brian Epstein.  Pictured in 1965. Under his leadership, the Beatles quickly became frantically busy and relied on his meticulous planning to keep them on track.

Hullabaloo TV show by Brian Epstein. Pictured in 1965. Under his leadership, the Beatles quickly became frantically busy and relied on his meticulous planning to keep them on track.

Under his leadership, they soon became frantically busy and depended on his meticulous planning to keep them on track.

Now the watch he used to go under the hammer is at Sotheby’s.

Although ‘scratched and worn’, the lady’s 18-karat white gold Cartier watch will fetch up to £ 25,000.

It was worn by Epstein on The Beatles’ world tour in 1966, a year before he died of an overdose at the age of 32.

Epstein's wristwatch has been put up for auction

Epstein's wristwatch has been put up for auction

Epstein’s wristwatch has been put up for auction

The sale of the band’s memorabilia – which runs from today through October 1 – also includes Epstein’s address book.

The pages of the little black book date back to 1967 and are teeming with famous names, including Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, singer Marianne Faithfull and photographer David Bailey.

It is expected to be between £ 6,000 and £ 8,000.

Another item on sale is John Lennon’s first round Windsor glasses. The pair, which he gave to his former housekeeper Dot Jarlett, are expected to fetch between £ 30,000 and £ 40,000.

His detention form, from his Liverpool school days at Quarry Bank Grammar School in the 1950s, is another highlight.

It records the rebellious apprentice’s 22 detentions in less than eight weeks and is estimated at £ 3,000 to £ 5,000.

The sale also features a guitar with Lennon’s inscription in the 1970s, as well as a first pressing of the band’s lead single ‘Love Me Do’ signed by all four Beatles, which is expected to fetch up to £ 20,000.

George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Liverpudlian pop group The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein at the premiere of their first movie 'A Hard Day's Night' on July 6, 1964

George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Liverpudlian pop group The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein at the premiere of their first movie 'A Hard Day's Night' on July 6, 1964

George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr of the Liverpudlian pop group The Beatles with their manager Brian Epstein at the premiere of their first movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on July 6, 1964

Sotheby’s director Gabriel Heaton said, ‘I hate the phrase’ Swinging Sixties’, but you open the address book and you feel right in the middle of swinging 1960s London.

It’s not surprising, of course, that he knew the Rolling Stones and Bailey the photographer, and Colonel Tom Parker, but it’s just fantastic to see them all together.

Part of his job was to keep the boys on time.

He felt like he really had to run a tight ship, meet deadlines, be where they should be. He instilled that work ethic. ‘

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