Monday, September 14, 2015

"White Album #1" and Beatles drum kit among items in upcoming Ringo auction

Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach are auctioning off more than 800 personal items in an upcoming auction.

Pieces in the auction include the Ludwig drum kit Ringo used on many of the Beatles' albums (and which Paul McCartney used on his first solo record) and the very first stamped copy of the Beatles' White Album. When the record was first issued, each copy was individually stamped, like an art print. It turns out Ringo had #1 in his personal collection.
“Beside the dinner services and glasses, I thought I will make it very special… I’m also putting in ‘The White Album No. 1′ which I had in a bank vault for the last 35 years,” and several guitars, including a Gretsch that was a gift from George Harrison and the Lennon Rickenbacker, he said.
Other items include:
  • Starr’s first Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit used to record some of The Beatles biggest early hits and used by Paul McCartney on his album McCartney.
  • The custom-built Jumbo Silver Sparkle kit used in the “Hello, Goodbye” film from 1967. 
  • The Ludwig Silver Sparkle kit used on Starr’s inaugural Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band tour.
  • A Gibson Les Paul from Marc Bolan. 
  • A Peter Blake “Love Me Do” screen print of The Beatles.
  • A print by David Hockney, and also original artwork by Ringo Starr himself. 
  • The tuxedo worn by Ringo when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of The Beatles.
Here are video highlights from the auction, which will be held Dec. 4 and 5 in Beverly Hills.


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