Rare Photo of The Beatles Walking ‘Backwards’ Across Abbey Road to be Auctioned

A rare photograph showing walking ‘backwards’ across Abbey Road will fetch up to £9,000 (around $11,000 U.S.) at an upcoming auction.

The photo, taken by the late photographer Iain Macmillan, shows the band walking right to left across the zebra crossing outside the London studio where they made their 1969 album – this is the opposite direction of the picture which eventually became the cover of the Abbey Road album.

There are other noteworthy differences; including the fact Paul McCartney is wearing sandals rather than bare foot. The cigarette he’s holding on the album version is also missing.

The print is among a set of 25 being sold by a private collector. Sarah Wheeler of Bloomsbury Auctions in London explained the shot was composed in ten minutes while Macmillan was up a ladder.

She told The Guardian Newspaper,” The photo has been called an icon of the 1960s. I think the reason it became so popular is its simplicity. It’s a very simple, stylized shot and is a shot people can relate to.”

The picture will be auctioned on May 22.

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