Sotheby's to Auction Paul's Olympic 2012 Opening Ceremony Boots for Meat Free Monday

Paul on stage at the Olympic Opening Ceremony, London 2012
13 May 2024

Paul’s custom-made stage boots, which he wore for his performance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s, for Sotheby’s Sealed from 24th to 31st May as part of the Modern British take-over.  They will also be on display in the New Bond Street galleries in London, alongside Graham Sutherland’s study of Winston Churchill, and works by Lowry and Henry Moore.

The boots, versions of which are still worn on stage by Paul to this day, were based on the iconic Beatle boots made famous around the world by Paul and The Beatles in the 1960s. Unlike the original boots, this pair (and versions worn by Paul today) were crafted from alternative suede by Steven Lowe for Crispinians based in Eastbourne.  Originally made by Anello and Davide, a footwear company specialising in theatrical footwear, the Beatle boots were an offshoot of the classic Chelsea boot. 

Paul and his fellow Beatles made some alterations to create a style that became a sought-after fashion accessory, evolving throughout Paul’s career and now made without any animal products, as he continues wearing them to perform, while filling stadiums around the world.

In 2012, accompanied by his trusty boots, not only did Paul bring the spectacular London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony to a close to millions around the world; he also performed at
the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace.  The boots were also worn during Paul’s ‘On the Run’ tour - which went to Europe, South America, US and Canada, and Mexico, US and Canada, and at a huge free outdoor show in Mexico City to over 400,000 people.

Paul said: “As it was time for me to get myself a new pair of boots, I thought this might be a good way to help our Meat Free Monday campaign celebrate its 15th anniversary. Me and my boots have great memories of that special evening at the Olympic opening ceremony in London. It was a high to be involved with such an awesome and spectacular event.  Something I’ll remember forever.”

Estimated at between £10,000 to £15,000, the boots are being sold to raise money for Meat Free Monday, the non-profit campaign Paul set up with his daughters Mary and Stella McCartney to encourage people to have a healthier diet, save animals and the planet for at least one day a week by not eating meat. 

Sotheby’s Chairman of Europe, Oliver Barker, said: “A true musical icon, Paul McCartney’s style has influenced popular culture over six decades, and Sotheby’s is thrilled to be the first auction house to offer a piece from Paul’s personal collection, further establishing our status as the auction house of choice for the finest film and music artefacts.” 

His sentiments were echoed by Sotheby’s Head of Rock, Pop & Film; Popular Culture, Katherine Schofield, who also added: “To have the opportunity to showcase Paul McCartney’s stage worn boots, based on the legendary Beatle boot, in our galleries on New Bond Street in
London – the city where they were worn for his iconic performance at the London 2012 opening ceremony, closing the show with a rendition of Beatles classic ‘Hey Jude’ to millions around the world, will be a very special moment as part of Sotheby’s Modern British take over.”

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