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Offered for sale to the highest bidder, a classic King's Road designer silk shirt by Alkasura, from the wardrobe of Procol Harum's Gary Brooker, and worn by him on stage while promoting 1973's classic Grand Hotel album. Also included in the sale, a black & white portrait of Gary, (about 236 x 187 mm), by rock photographer Robert Ellis of 30 Charing Cross Road, London WC2.
Black and white contemporary portrait (by Robert Ellis) of Gary Brooker on stage: this glossy print is included in the sale with the shirt
Still sparkling with colour on a dull afternoon in June 2012 !
There is no size marking on the label, but for your guidance
BtP's headless 'model' in the
photographs stands 70 inches high, has a 37-inch chest and weighs 163 pounds
It is in very good condition for a garment of its age, but
under the arms
hand washing has reduced the brightness, as this picture attempts to show.
Label, inside the collar: Alkasura was a designer boutique run by
John Lloyd at 304 King’s Road from 1969 to c. 1974. Lloyd dressed such
as Rod Stewart and Marc Bolan (a particular friend) but developed a religious mania, occasionally stalking the streets of Chelsea in
monkish attire, and finally immolating himself on a building site, having declared that there was no love in the world
Gary Brooker, Autumn 2011, in the control room of his studio in deepest Surrey, displays the garment, which has been mothballed in a zip-fronted bag
Gary wearing the shirt on European TV while filming the Welcome to the Grand Hotel special
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