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The Beatles band members are seen walking on the Abbey Road crosswalk in London in 1969 in a photo taken by Iain Macmillan. / The Beatles appear on the cover of the groups 1969 album Abbey Road. - Provided courtesy of Bloomsbury Auctions / Capitol Records

'Abbey Road' photo showing Beatles walking 'wrong way' up for auction (Photo)

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05/16/2012 by Olivia Allin

A photo showing the Beatles walking the "wrong way" up Abbey Road's black-and-white-striped crosswalk in London is going up for auction.

The photo, which shows the band walking right to left - the opposite direction from their 1969 "Abbey Road" album cover, is expected to earn up to 9,000 ($14,300 USD) in the auction, which will take place on May 22 through Bloomsbury Auctions.

Other differences in the photo include Paul McCartney's footwear - in the album cover, he is shown bare foot. He is also shown without a cigarette, which was present in the iconic photo.

"That photo's been called an icon of the 1960s, I suppose it is," Scottish photographer Iain MacMillan, who took the photo once said. "I think the reason it became so popular is its simplicity. It's a very simple, stylised shot. Also it's a shot people can relate to. It's a place where people can still walk."

The late photographer took seven photographs of the band crossing Abbey Road and stood on a latter for the shot, while a police officer held up the traffic. The print going up for auction is one of 25 created and is being sold by a private collector.

The Abbey Road crosswalk was deemed a heritage site by the British government in December 2010. The historic landmark is located near the Abbey Road music studios, where the 1960s band recorded the record. Scores of tourists flock to the crosswalk to recreate the iconic scene of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr walking on it.

Paul McCartney started the Beatles with John Lennon in late 1962. The group released iconic rock albums like of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and Let It Be." The band officially broke up in 1970.

"Abbey Road" was the Beatles' 11th studio album and was released in 1969. It contains the songs "Come Together" and "Here Comes the Sun."

McCartney, 69, and Starr, 71, are the only surviving Beatles members and continue to make music. Lennon was shot dead outside his New York home in 1980, when he was 40. George Harrison died from cancer at age 58 in 2001.

In November, John Lennon's tooth was put up for auction and received an impressive $30,500 in a winning bid from a Canadian dentist.

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