The chair came from Horne Brothers’ barber shop on the corner of Paradise Street and Lord Street in Liverpool which was one of the locations featured in Dezo Hoffman’s photo session with the boys on 23 March 1963, the day Ringo finally traded in his Tony Curtis DA for a grease-free mop top like the others had brought back with them under the influence of the Hamburg art crowd they befriended in Germany.
Brian Epstein was a regular at Horne Brothers and the barber pictured is Jim Cannon who turned down the offer to be The Beatles’ personal barber on tour.
He opted out of the limelight and remained at Horne Bothers where he continued to cut The Beatles’ hair when they were in town.
Horne Brothers has long since gone, but three of the chairs - made in Chicago in 1923 – turned up in a salon supplies company in Liverpool.
One had been renovated, but the other two were bought and restored before being auctioned in 2009.
Mister M, who cuts a mean head of hair himself, it has to be said, can be visited at his website here.
- The mop top was almost certainly first styled for John and Paul in Paris in September 1961 by Jurgen Vollmer, their photography student friend from Hamburg.