Drum kit Ringo Starr used in Beatles hits sells for $2.2 million at Beverly …

5 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A lifetime’s value of a Beatle’s ‘stuff’ heads to public sale.

Sure enough, as Ringo Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, swept through Julien’s Auctions house in Beverly Hills this week for one more look at all the “stuff” they’ve decided to sell off for charity, jaws dropped at the lifetime’s worth of objects – more than 1,300 – that the couple have collected.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. Dozens of framed gold and platinum record awards for Starr’s recordings with the Fab Four and on his own, distinctive outfits he’s worn on stage and while hanging out with his superstar rock pals, a plethora of Beatles collectibles – Ringo’s “Yellow Submarine” lunch box and thermos, anyone? – Ringo rings and other jewelry and, perhaps most tantalizing to Beatles fans around the world, numerous musical instruments, a few among the most iconic in the history of popular music.

The latter include Starr’s signature Ludwig drum kit with “The Beatles” logo on the bass drum head, which has a pre-auction estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, and two guitars formerly owned and played by bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison. Lennon’s 1964 Rickenbacker electric is expected to fetch $600,000 to $800,000, and Harrison’s 1962 Gretsch “Chet Atkins” Tennessean model is estimated to sell for $100,000 to $200,000. Then there is Starr’s own copy of the band’s 1968 double album “The Beatles,” commonly referred to as the White Album for its plain white cover, with only the group’s name embossed in raised letters and the serial number stamped into each copy – in Starr’s case, number 0000001. “I wanted to make it special,” Starr told the Los Angeles Times in a back room at Julien’s, flanked by Bach, her sister Marjorie, and Marjorie’s husband, Eagles guitarist-singer-songwriter Joe Walsh. “So besides all the household goods, we’ve got John’s guitar he gave me all those years ago,” he said. “I played it a bit, but it’s been in a vault for 30 years. The organization supports a variety of causes including homelessness, cancer, substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, battered women and children and animals in need.

Going through his archives, much of which had remained in boxes for decades, Starr not only came up with dozens of items that were displayed in the Grammy Museum’s 2013-14 show, he also turned up photographs that he assembled for his book “Photograph” that likewise generated money for the Lotus Foundation.

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