The cover of The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club” is as iconic as the music. The brainchild of British Pop artist Sir Peter Blake, the cover featured the band surrounded by a sea of famous faces whom had been handpicked by both the musicians and the artist. At the time of its release, it was the most elaborate–and expensive LP cover ever assembled. To create the figures, photographic images were pasted onto card, as seen here with the depiction of Canadian child star Bobby Breen. The inclusion of Breen is hardly a surprising choice, as it is likely that the band members had grown up watching the child actor’s popular films, and could relate to his journey as both a singer and musician.
This cutout, created and hand-tinted by Blake himself, was used in the original photo shoot, positioned directly to the right of George Harrison. It was later signed by the artist.
In the 50 years since the album cover was created, only a few of the original cutouts have come to market, and this is the only piece known to have been signed by Sir Peter Blake himself.

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Bonham's, London, "Entertainment Memorabilia," 29 June 2016, lot 237

Excellent condition, maintaining the original 1967 color tinting applied by Peter Blake, whose signature is bold and pronounced in black. Very light wear to edges, with no scratches, bends, or creases.
Condition is commensurate with age, use, and medium.
Frame: 22.5 x 17 x 1 (57.15 x 43.18 x 2.54 cm)

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Sir Peter Blake (English, b. 1932) is an artist living and working in London who is recognized as one of the leading figures and pioneers of the British Pop art style. Blake’s work is inspired by the ephemerality of popular culture, including imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often adding collaged elements. One of Blake’s most well known works is the album cover art for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He was appointed a Royal Academician (RA) in 1981, awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1983 and finally knighted for his services to art in 2002.

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An Original Cutout of Bobby Breen from the Cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967
Lot Number 6
Hand-tinted photograph mounted to cardboard
19 x 13.25 in (48.26 x 33.66 cm)
Signed lower right in black marker by Peter Blake, later

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An Original Cutout of Bobby Breen from the Cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Dimensions
    19 x 13.25 in (48.26 x 33.66 cm)