Ringo Starr’s copy of the White Album sells for world record amount

His drum kit wasn't cheap, either

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Ringo Starr‘s copy of the White Album – numbered No.0000001 – sold for a record amount at auction.

The vinyl sold for $790,000 (£524,407.92) on Saturday [December 5] at the Julien’s Live auction.

The album was one of a number of items Starr and his wife Barbara Bach put up for auction.


Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, which was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between 1963 and 1964 as well as the recording of early Beatles’ classics including “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You”, sold for $2.2 million (£1.4m).

Other items included John Lennon‘s 1964 Rickenbacker guitar ($910,000/£604,119.41) and George Harrison‘s 1962 Gretsch Tennessean guitar ($179,200/£118,965.05).

In total, the auction raised over $9.2m (£6.1m), reports BBC.

Some of the proceeds will go to The Lotus Foundation, which was founded by Starr and Bach to fund and promote charitable projects, according to Julien’s auction house.

The January 2016 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – featuring Paul Weller, David Bowie, Best Of 2015, Roger Waters, Father John Misty, Pere Ubu, Robert Forster, Natalie Prass, James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Sunn O))), Jonny Greenwood, Arthur Lee & Love, Neil Young, Janis Joplin and more.

Uncut: the spiritual home of great rock music.


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