Colts owner picks up Ringo Starr’s drum set at auction

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Colts owner picks up Ringo Starr’s drum set at auction.

The Indianapolis Colts owner made his latest pricey purchase Friday, picking up Ringo Starr’s first Ludwig drum set at auction for $1.75 million, a team official confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday. If you ever wanted to own one of Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drums that were made in Monroe, or a multitude of other items from the ex-Beatle, then now’s your chance. He has spoken of how he bought it in London before the Beatles came to the states, enamored by its look, its sound and its American origins – a loyalty that has lasted for more than 50 years. Last month, Julien’s sold a 1962 acoustic guitar of John Lennon’s for $2.4 million, triple the pre-auction estimate, while the Beatles “T-logo” drum head from their 1964 “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance fetched $2.1 million.

It bills itself as “The Auction House to the Stars,” having sold Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” jacket, one of Marilyn Monroe’s movie dresses and a guitar owned by Elvis. Flip through one of the two online catalogs for this week’s sale and see the range of items, which appear like a magical mystery tour of Ringo’s career and life. He said when Ringo was at Julien’s recently for a photo shoot with his first Ludwig kit, he looked up at a big black-and-white photo of the Beatles and said, “There’s the boys, we’ll always be the boys.” Then he sat down, took a pair of drum sticks Astridge was holding and played the kit for the first time in half a century.

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