When Beaton shot Jagger: behind the scenes at a scandal

Mick Jagger on the set of 'Performance'
Mick Jagger on the set of 'Performance' Credit: ©The Cecil Beaton Archive at Sotheby’s

This week offers the last chance to view an extraordinary collection of hitherto unseen Cecil Beaton photographs of Mick Jagger and Anita Pallenberg at Sotheby’s Mayfair auction house.  Described as a "captivating treasure trove", these prints are taken from a precious haul of negatives taken from the archives of the Cecil Beaton estate.

Originally commissioned in 1968 by the film producer Sandy Lieberson, they were taken on the set of the louche Swinging Sixties gangster film, Performance, in which Mick Jagger made his film debut opposite James Fox.  

A self portrait of Beaton with Jagger and Anita Pallenberg reflected in a mirrored ceiling Credit: ©The Cecil Beaton Archive at Sotheby’s

Warner Bros executives had given the directors Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg a remarkably free hand during the making of the film, but were shocked by the results, branding the graphic scenes of sex, violence and drug taking "disgusting". There were rumours that Jagger and Pallenberg, who was then in a relationship with Keith Richards, had...

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