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Ringo Starr Breaks Records With Auction

12/07/2015
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(M2M) Beatles legend Ringo Starr raised almost $10 million with his Julien's Auctions of rarities which included fetching record breaking prices for a historic drum kit and the first UK pressing of one of the Beatle's most iconic albums.

Ringo's very first UK pressing of the Beatles' White Album sold for $790,000, breaking the previous record held by an Elvis acetate that sold for $310,000 at auction.

The biggest item from the auction was Ringo's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, which was purchased by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for a record $2.2 million.

We were sent the following history of the drum set and more details about additional items that were sold at the auction: The kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years and was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits including: "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You," "All My Loving," "I Want to Hold Your Hand," "Money," and "I Wanna Be Your Man," and many others. Paul McCartney also used the Oyster Black Pearl kit on his first solo album, McCartney.

Other highlights of the auction included the Ringo Starr Snare Drum from the #2 Ludwig Drum kit which sold for $75,000, the Ringo Starr Patek Philippe wristwatch which sold for $179,200, the Ringo Starr blue stone pinky ring which sold for $106,250, the black onyx pinky ring worn many times by Ringo Starr sold for $100,000, the Ringo Starr "Hard Day's Night" suit sold for $50,000, the Ringo Starr RIAA White Matte Award signed by George Harrison sold for $68,750, the George Harrison Gretsch Tennessean guitar sold for $175,000.

More highlights include a Ringo Starr Beatles Road Case sold for $40,625, the Ringo Starr "Hello Goodbye" used drums sold for $112,500, the John Lennon Sgt. Pepper Caravan Panel & Photograph sold for $125,000, a Ringo Starr Yellow Submarine premiere suit sold for $31,250, a Ringo Starr British Sales Award sold for $12,500, the John Lennon gifted Rickenbacker guitar sold for $910,000, a Ringo Starr RIA White Matte Award sold for $11,875, a Ringo Starr Hofner bass sold for $22,500, a Ringo Starr
"Hippie" Martin guitar sold for $17,500 and a Ringo Starr worn t-shirt sold for $15,000.

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