Though the Beatles music remains unavailable on iTunes, Bloomingdales may play host to the first official meeting of the Fab Four and Steve Jobs’ device. The department store has acquired the rights to Beatles images from Apple Records and will produce a series of T-shirts, jackets and accessories that bear images from posters and album artwork. But the big news is that they will also produce a limited-edition Beatles iPod stocked with every song in the band’s catalog. Only 100 will be made available, so consider it the ultimate rock & roll fetish item when the line launches this holiday season.
In other Beatles news, the iconic drum skin on the front cover of the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to auction yesterday in London, fetching over $1 million. The item was the most popular of the Beatles memorabilia that sold at Christie’s Auction House, getting four times more than expected. A hand-penned lyric sheet of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” also sold well with a winning bid of over $800,000. A bunch of never-before-seen Beatles photos and Lennon’s sunglasses from the Mind Games sleeve were also auctioned off.