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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2010 5:59AM by Johnny Dee
The pictures were taken in the summer of 1968, 12 years before Lennon was assassinated outside his apartment in New York.
Photographer Tom Murray found the series of 23 pictures -- which have become dubbed as Mad Day Out -- in an envelope while clearing out his studio. The session involved the Fab Four larking around at various London locations including Wapping Pier, Old Street and Waterlow Park. Now, the photographs, believed to be worth in the region of £300,000 ($460,000) are being displayed at the Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham.
"From two rolls of film there are 23 surviving shots," said Murray. "The colours are astonishing and it's basically because the original slides were kept in the dark in an envelope for so many years."
Other pictures from the session show John, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr larking around by the river, sitting beside a sleeping man on a park bench and posing in a flower bed.
"We were originally heading for the Highgate Cemetery as the boys wanted to visit the tomb of Karl Marx," says the photographer, now in his 70s "But it was locked so we found this little park instead.
"It was an ideal location, the hollyhocks were in full bloom and the boys just ran into the flowerbeds and started to pull poses. It was just indicative of the whole day. Just them jumping in their Mercedes Pullman, me in my Jag following them and stopping off wherever we fancied to take a picture. It was so off-the-cuff and relaxed."