A leather jacket once owned by late Beatles star George Harrison has sold at auction in London for a staggering $176,000 (£110,000).

The black jacket, which was snapped up by a private collector, dated from Harrison's early days in the Fab Four, when the group was performing in Hamburg, Germany in 1960.

Harrison was often seen wearing the jacket onstage at the band's early shows.

Other items that went under the hammer at the Bonham's auction included Harrison's custom-made leather Beatle boots, and a guitar used by Sir Paul MCCartney in the 1950s, which sold for more than $68,600 (£43,000).

Meanwhile, across London, a collection of love letters written by Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger to his one-time American girlfriend Marsha Hunt, sold at Sotheby's on Wednesday (12Dec12) for a whopping $300,000 (£187,000).

The 10 letters were written during the summer of 1969, when the rocker was shooting the film Ned Kelly in Australia. They had been expected to fetch no more than $160,000 (£100,000).

Hunt, who gave birth to Jagger's first child, Karis, recently revealed she had been forced to put the romantic correspondence up for sale in an effort to pay her bills.

Hunt claims she was the inspiration for Jagger's Brown Sugar, which he wrote while in Australia.

In the letters, the singer opens up about the death of bandmate Brian Jones.