The Beatles reunion that never was: Candid photographs of George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono at landmark Bangladesh benefit gig to fetch thousands
· Photographs show the two former Beatles relaxing and chatting during rehearsals for the Concert for Bangladesh a year after the band split up
· Soon to be exhibited at Sotheby's in New York, the candid photos are expected to go for thousands when put under the hammer
· Concert for Bangladesh is estimated to have raised about $12 million for UNICEF, despite Lennon never taking the stage after a row with Ono
By COREY CHARLTON
PUBLISHED: 16 June 2014
A set of candid photographs featuring George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono ahead of the Concert for Bangladesh have emerged for sale and are expected to sell for thousands at auction.
In the photographs, the former Beatles appear to be on good terms despite the Fab Four splitting up a year before the landmark benefit gig in 1971.
Sotheby's are placing the set of photographs, soon to be exhibited in New York, under the hammer at the A Rock N Roll History: From Presley to Punk auction on June 24.
George Harrison, John Lennon and Yoko Ono pictured in 1971, before the Concert for Bangladesh gig which netted about $12 million for UNICEF. The two Beatles' friendship waned just days before the concert
Lennon, centre, accepted Harrison's demand that Yoko Ono was not allowed to perform. But the couple had an argument days before the gig and Lennon left New York so he did not appear on stage
The photographs show Lennon smiling and joking around and Yoko Ono engaged in conversation with a frosty looking Harrison.
The late Harrison asked all his former bandmates to perform and it would have been the first time the group would have appeared on stage together in the U.S. since 1966.
Drummer Ringo Starr and Lennon agreed but McCartney refused due to a rift over the legal problems the Beatles split had caused.
But just days before the Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden in New York Harrison and Lennon's friendship waned because of a row over Yoko Ono performing on the bill with Lennon.
Lennon, who was shot dead in New York by deranged fan Mark Chapman in 1980, accepted Harrison’s demand that Yoko Ono was not allowed to perform.
But Lennon and Ono had an argument days before the gig and Lennon left New York so he did not appear on stage.
It is believed the photographs were taken during rehearsals for the concert, which featured an all-star line-up including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Badfinger.
John Lennon, seen clowning around for the camera ahead of the gig, was shot dead by deranged fan Mark Chapman in 1980
Concert for Bangladesh was organised by Harrison after his friend and mentor Ravi Shankar asked him to help raise money for the poverty-stricken country.
It is estimated that Harrison’s brainchild raised around $12million for UNICEF in total and 40,000 people attended the live show.