Beatles drummer Ringo Starr sent music collectors into a spin when he auctioned off some of his most prized possessions.
His iconic Ludwig drum set,used for 180 Beatles recordings and over 200 live performances, sold for an astounding US$2.2 million, making it the most expensive drum kit ever sold at auction.
Starr also auctioned off his personal copy of The Beatles double album, affectionately known as “The White Album” (serial number: 0000001) for a cheeky US$790,000… which was more than 10 times its estimated price.
Also under the hammer was a 1964 Rickenbacker electric guitar, a clearly unwanted gift from bandmate John Lennon, and a 1962 Gretsch Tennessean guitar, re-gifted from George Harrison’s family.
The auction, run by Julien’s, who specialise in music memorabilia, raised nearly US$10 million for the Lotus Foundation, a little more than they made than from the sale of Frank Sinatra’s smily-adorned “social bible“.