Four look fab in rare colour photoshoot

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Rare colour images of The Beatles at their peak in 1968, described by Christie's as the finest of the era, go on show at the end of this month, juxtaposed with grainy images of a fresh-faced band in the Cavern Club taken five years earlier.

The 23-photograph set was taken by the now veteran photographer Tom Murray, and have only appeared together in this country for one night, at a special exhibition in 1999.

These images have not appeared in a national newspaper before, nor have they appeared with the earlier pictures, taken by Michael Ward. They were taken when Murray tagged along with war photographer Don McCullin on the last official Beatles photo shoot in 1968. Because he was not the official photographer, he retained the copyright, but kept the pictures in a drawer for more than 30 years.

'Two Days in the Life' is at the Idea Generation Gallery in London from 30 May to 29 June (020-7749 6850)