Ringo Starr drum sells for $2.2 million at auction

December 6, 2015

A drum kit played by Ringo Starr on early Beatles’ recordings has been sold to an owner of a National Football League team for $2.2 million, according to the U.S. auction house.

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Starr used the three-piece drum kit in more than 200 of the band’s performances in 1963 and 1964, as well as playing it to record songs including “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

Julien’s Auctions said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay bought the drum kit, which wasn’t seen in public for more than 50 years, in an auction that ended Saturday (Dec 5).

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The first mono pressing of the Beatles’ “White Album” in the UK grabbed $790,000 and a Rickenbacker guitar given to Starr by the late John Lennon sold for $910,000.

The sale netted nearly $10 million overall, Julien’s Auctions said.

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 the auction house.

 

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