This is a rare instance where Beatlemania crosses paths with the secret world of the airline collectibles subculture.
On eBay right now, a seller is offering a JAL happi jacket that was supposedly worn by the Beatles en route to Tokyo for their 1966 Japan tour. The inside of the jacket may have been signed by Ringo Starr.
The seller's item description says:
I Obtained this item many years ago from a photographer In The Hamptons. He was terminally Ill and gave it to me because he knew I loved the Beatles.
The story he told me was that in 1966 he was a photographer assigned to photograph the Beatles, and was on the Plane to Japan for the 1966 Concert.
He said the jacket came from the Beatles directly to him, and in his closet it sat.
It wasn't until a few years ago I noticed the Ringo Signatures, as they were INSIDE in 2 places, and I never noticed them when he originally gave them to me.
It had been presented to me neatly in a box.
I do not know if the signatures are real - You decide, or I am sure some ebay Beatles Expert Will tell me.
And the price? The bidding starts at $15,000. Caveat emptor.