Ringo Starr auctioning off first copy of the ‘White Album’

Catalogue No. 0000001 is part of Starr's Beatles memorabilia sale

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Ringo Starr is auctioning off more than 1,300 items from his personal collection of artwork and heirlooms, including the first pressing of The Beatles’ ‘White Album‘.

Dangerous Minds reports that the auction also contains a Sgt. Pepper upholstered leather chair, a Yellow Submarine Rock-Ola jukebox, a script from Help!, and Starr’s Ludwig Oyster black three piece drum kitdrum kit.

Other items include John Lennon‘s 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker, given to Starr in 1968, and a 2000 Mercedes Coupe once owned by George Harrison.


Proceeds are expected to top $10 million, and will benefit Starr’s charity, The Lotus Foundation.

The auction is being hosted by Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills, and you can see the full itinerary by clicking here.


The rarest piece of rock memorabilia is Starr’s copy of the ‘White Album’, numbered 0000001.

As Dangerous Minds notes, it’s accepted that copies one to four are in the possession of Beatles’ members, with it previously assumed John Lennon had No. 0000001.

Until now, according to Vinyl Factory, the lowest numbered UK first mono pressing album to come to market was No.0000005 – which sold for just under $30,000 back in 2008.

Julien’s estimates the LP will fetch anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000. at the auction, which will be held between December 3-5.

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