We have a very rare set of five framed 8 x 10 inch Abbey Road session photographs by Iain Macmillan.
Back in the 1980s, Iain Macmillan (1938-2006) occasionally offered collectors the chance to purchase sets of five photographs from his iconic 1969 Abbey Road sessions with The Beatles.
We have a set in inventory. It consists of the five Abbey Road front cover session outtakes—ie the five photographs of the band on the famous crossing that were not on the cover of the album. These sets were made in small physical sizes—much smaller than the signed limited edition photographs that he would later offer through galleries in the early 2000s.
Each photograph in this set is made on 8 x 10 inch paper, and the set consists of frames 1,2,3,4, and 6. The actual cover – frame 5 – was never offered in this small physical size. For further background you can see the images and read about the Abbey Road session here.
In order to try and encourage owners to keep the photographs in these sets together, Iain would only sign one photograph–and he would sign it on the zebra crossing. The sets were not numbered, and nobody knows exactly how many were produced, but in the 16+ years that we have been in business, we have only seen a handful of sets – so numbers are likely to be low.
Our set is framed (each framed photograph measures 13 x 13.5 inches overall framed size) and ready to go.