Ringo Starr's Copy of the Beatles' White Album Sells For $790,000

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Ringo Starr has pocketed an extra $AUD1,076,288 ($790,000 in U.S. Dollars) after selling his personal copy of The Beatles The Beatles aka The White Album at auction.

The first print run of The White Album was numbered. Ringo owned no 0000001. When the albums were initially manufactured the numbering was sequential so the buyer actually has the first copy of that classic recording every made.

Ringo didn’t keep the copy so that one day it would be valuable. It was also the record he played at home. “It will have my fingerprints on it,” he told Rolling Stone.

Another buyer, Colts owner Jim Irsay, bought Ringo’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Pearl drum-kit, the one used on more than 100 Beatles recordings and played in concert by Ringo himself. That went for $2.2 million ($AUD3 million).

Ringo sold more than 800 personal items at the auction, held in Los Angeles on Friday. A portion of the proceeds will go to his Lotus Foundation charity, supporting social welfare.

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