Selfie that helped spark The Beatles love affair with India: Snaps show George ...

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The selfie that helped to spark The Beatles' love affair with India is among a set of never-before-seen pictures now up for auction.  

Photographs of George Harrison's spiritual trip that influenced the rest of The Beatles to later visit have been unearthed more than 50 years later.

The guitarist found his 1966 pilgrimage to the sub-continent liberating and persuaded the rest of the band to go back with him 18 months later.

Their famous stay at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's yoga retreat had a significant influence on the music the Fab Four went on to produce.

George Harrison is pictured taking a selfie with the sitar player Ravi Shankar on a beach near Goa as they visited the south-western coast of India. The guitarist's trip marked a seminal point in his artistic development and he returned to the country in 1967, bringing the rest of The Beatles with him

George Harrison is pictured taking a selfie with the sitar player Ravi Shankar on a beach near Goa as they visited the south-western coast of India. The guitarist's trip marked a seminal point in his artistic development and he returned to the country in 1967, bringing the rest of The Beatles with him 

George Harrison is pictured staging a selfie on a holiday he found so inspiring that he returned the following year with the rest of The Beatles. The band's relationship with Indian music notably changed their sound, as they broke out of the traditional boundaries set by blues-oriented pop music

George Harrison is pictured staging a selfie on a holiday he found so inspiring that he returned the following year with the rest of The Beatles. The band's relationship with Indian music notably changed their sound, as they broke out of the traditional boundaries set by blues-oriented pop music 

Pictured: George Harrison, second from the right, with his wife Patti Boyd, second from the left, and sitar player Ravi Shankar (centre) as they visited ruins on his first trip to the country. The lead guitarist found the visit so inspiring that he returned with the rest of the band in a trip that would greatly influence their music

Pictured: George Harrison, second from the right, with his wife Patti Boyd, second from the left, and sitar player Ravi Shankar (centre) as they visited ruins on his first trip to the country. The lead guitarist found the visit so inspiring that he returned with the rest of the band in a trip that would greatly influence their music 

Pictured: George Harrison relaxes on the beach with sitar player Ravi Shankar (right) in pictures that have given an intimate portrait of his trip 50 years after he first went to the country

Pictured: George Harrison relaxes on the beach with sitar player Ravi Shankar (right) in pictures that have given an intimate portrait of his trip 50 years after he first went to the country 

Six colour photos, slightly faded by time, show George with his wife Patti Boyd with sitar player Ravi Shankar and friends sitting among ancient ruins and a selfie of him on a beach. Being sold alongside the snaps is a quilted orange jacket that George wore in India and left behind in 1967.

The three-quarter-length coat was put away in a trunk by a Jai Guru Dev, an assistant of the Maharishi after The Beatles left.

Pictured: The quilted orange jacket that George wore when he returned to India with the rest of his band a year after the trip that is pictured in the collection of photos

Pictured: The quilted orange jacket that George

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