Stained, doodled and stolen: Lost Beatles’ linen up for auction

A stolen relic from the night of the last concert the Beatles played together has been recovered and is being auctioned off.

It’s a 14-inch by 17½-inch cotton tablecloth with food and drink stains, autographs, and several “acid-inspired doodles” and portraits of the Fab Four and Joan Baez. The group created the item during a catered dinner they had in a locker room in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966 – the night of the Beatles’ final performance. The piece will go on sale to the public in an online Bonhams auction starting Friday for an estimated $15,000 to $25,000.

That night, the dressing room had been set up as the legendary band’s dressing room and dining area and had been described as “a mess”. The scene – even the scrawling of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison with Pentel markers – was recorded in the concert’s many music reviews at the time.

A close-up of a tablecloth with signatures and drawings of The Beatles from 1966.

A close-up of a tablecloth with signatures and drawings of The Beatles from 1966.

(Bonham’s)

“Sometime in the time the band had before they went on stage, the Beatles would sit down to dinner with Joan Baez and others to eat around this tablecloth and scribble and write on the cloth in between.” the Bonhams listing.

“As the scene unfolded around the table, the band experienced mixed feelings of relief and celebration,” it said. “The importance of that night was not lost on the band and Lennon and McCartney both carried cameras on stage to capture the moment.”

The tablecloth belonged to caterer Joe Vilardi, owner of Simpson’s Catering, who provided the dinner. After that night, the caterer kept the linens and proudly displayed them in his store on Clement Street in San Francisco for six days. That is, until the glass was shattered and the tablecloth stolen, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The Vilardi family searched for the tablecloth for 55 years.

Incredibly, after all this time, the tablecloth was returned to Vilardi’s grandson earlier this year, Bonhams said.

“Fast forward to 2022 when the owner [Vilardi’s grandson Michael Vilardi] was contacted by someone who owned the tablecloth after her brother received it as debt replacement in the 1970s, and the tablecloth was happily returned to the rightful owner,” the listing reads.

The tablecloth contains a number of sketches, including a yellow one by Lennon, showing a hairy creature on a bicycle alongside a set of wheels; a series of portraits in various inks by Baez (possibly with minor contributions by McCartney, with an inscription “by an unknown hand ‘put no hand on this table’ and bubble writing in orange pen ‘Paul McCartney'”, the listing said) ; Starr’s autograph in black; and Harrison’s autograph in red pencil.

A tablecloth with signatures and drawings

A tablecloth with signatures and drawings of The Beatles from 1966.

(Bonham’s)

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-10-06/stolen-beatles-tablecloth-joan-baez-auction Stained, doodled and stolen: Lost Beatles’ linen up for auction

Sarah Ridley

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