Iconic Paul McCartney Boots from 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Hit Auction Block to Support Meat Free Monday

Paul McCartney. Photo credit: MPL Communications
Alice Lange

LONDON, May 13, 2024 – In an event sure to pique the interest of both music aficionados and philanthropists, a pair of boots custom-made for Paul McCartney’s memorable performance at the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s. This exclusive sale, running from May 24th to 31st, is part of Sotheby’s Sealed during the Modern British take-over and serves a charitable cause close to McCartney’s heart — the Meat Free Monday campaign’s 15th anniversary.

Crafted from alternative suede by Steven Lowe for Eastbourne-based Crispinians, these boots pay homage to the iconic Beatle boots that became a global phenomenon in the 1960s, thanks to Paul McCartney and The Beatles. While maintaining the style of the original boots created by Anello and Davide, these eco-friendly versions signify McCartney’s commitment to animal-free products, a testament to his evolving fashion sense intertwined with ethical considerations.

The boots carry not just the legacy of a design but also the monumental experiences McCartney has had while wearing them. From closing the spectacular London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony to performing at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and his expansive ‘On the Run’ tour, these boots have been McCartney’s constant companions through several historic moments. Reflecting on the decision to auction the boots, McCartney shared, “It was a high to be involved with such an awesome and spectacular event. Something I’ll remember forever.”

The auction, estimated to fetch between £10,000 and £15,000, aims to support Meat Free Monday, a non-profit initiative founded by Paul McCartney alongside his daughters Mary and Stella McCartney. The campaign promotes a healthier lifestyle and environmental sustainability by encouraging individuals to abstain from meat consumption at least one day a week.

Oliver Barker, Chairman of Europe for Sotheby’s, expressed his excitement about auctioning a personal item from McCartney, noting, “A true musical icon, Paul McCartney’s style has influenced popular culture over six decades.” Katherine Schofield, Head of Rock, Pop & Film; Popular Culture at Sotheby’s further highlighted the significance of showcasing McCartney’s stage-worn boots, especially in London where the iconic boots made their unforgettable mark during the 2012 Olympics.

This auction not only offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of music history but also supports a cause critical to McCartney — encouraging a shift towards more sustainable and compassionate dietary choices.

For those interested in placing a bid on this rare piece of music memorabilia or seeking to learn more about Meat Free Monday, visit www.sothebys.com and www.meatfreemondays.com, respectively.

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Alice Lange is passionate about music. She has been part of several groups in the production side and has now decided to bring her experience to the field of journalism. She also reviews movies and television and participates in various events. Contact: music (@) martincid (.) com
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