Beatlemania at Sotheby’s: Paul McCartney’s Olympic 2012 boots hit the auction block for charity!

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13 May 2024, 14:25

L to R: Paul McCartney at 2012 London Olympics

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Wealthy fans of The Beatles have rare chance to snag a piece of Paul McCartney and musical history while supporting a great cause!

Ladies and gentlemen, Beatles fans of all ages, get ready to twist and shout with excitement because Sotheby’s is about to make your wildest dreams come true!

That’s right, the iconic stage boots worn by none other than Sir Paul McCartney himself during his show-stopping performance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony are hitting the auction block.

And the best part? It’s all for a fantastic cause!

As Sotheby’s Head of Rock, Pop & Film; Popular Culture, Katherine Schofield, puts it: “To have the opportunity to showcase Paul McCartney’s stage worn boots, based on the legendary Beatle boot, in our galleries on New Bond Street in London – the city where they were worn for his iconic performance at the London 2012 opening ceremony, closing the show with a rendition of Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’ to millions around the world, will be a very special moment as part of Sotheby’s Modern British take over.”

These custom-made boots, crafted especially for the legendary Beatle, will be up for grabs at Sotheby’s Sealed auction from May 24th to 31st, as part of the Modern British takeover.

But before they find their lucky new owner, they’ll be strutting their stuff in the New Bond Street galleries in London alongside other priceless treasures, including Graham Sutherland’s study of Winston Churchill and works by Lowry and Henry Moore.

Now, let’s talk about these boots. These aren’t just any old pair of shoes; they’re a piece of music history!

Based on the iconic Beatle boots that took the world by storm in the swinging 60s, these babies were custom-crafted for Sir Paul by the talented Steven Lowe for Crispinians.

Unlike the original leather boots, this pair is made from alternative suede, reflecting Paul’s commitment to animal rights.

After all, what’s a rock legend without a touch of compassion, right?

And oh, the places these boots have been! From rocking out at the London Olympics to serenading Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, these boots have seen it all.

They even joined Paul on his globe-trotting On the Run tour, wowing audiences across Europe, South America, and beyond. Talk about well-traveled footwear!

But wait, there’s more! Sir Paul himself has graciously donated these boots to raise money for Meat Free Monday, a noble cause close to his heart.

As Paul puts it: “Me and my boots have great memories of that special evening at the Olympic opening ceremony in London. It was a high to be involved with such an awesome and spectacular event. Something I’ll remember forever.”

And now, one lucky bidder can create their own memories while supporting a campaign dedicated to promoting a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle.

So, how much will it set you back to strut your stuff in these legendary boots? With estimates ranging from £10,000 to £15,000, it’s a small price to pay for a piece of music history and a chance to make a difference in the world.

As Sotheby’s Chairman of Europe, Oliver Barker, aptly puts it: “A true musical icon, Paul McCartney’s style has influenced popular culture over six decades.”

So, mark your calendars, Beatles aficionados! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Sir Paul McCartney’s personal collection is not to be missed.

And remember, with every step you take in these iconic boots, you’ll be supporting a cause that’s as timeless as the music of the Fab Four themselves. Let the bidding begin!