A Ringo Starr memorabilia has raised a total of $9.2 million at Julien’s Auctions.
The auction lot included more than 1,300 clothes, instruments, pieces of jewellery and other items owned by the Beatle.
The highlight of the sale was a drum kit played by Ringo Starr on many Beatles hits, which fetched $2.1 million.
A Rickenbacker guitar once owned by John Lennon made $910,000.
Ringo Starr’s copy of The White Album, numbered 0000001, sold for $790,000 – which is thought to make it the most expensive record ever sold.
Photo Julien’s Auctions
Julien’s Auctions said it surpassed the previous world record, set when Elvis Presley’s first acetate recording sold for $300,000 earlier this year.
Ringo Starr’s LP was the first mono copy of The White Album to be manufactured in the UK.
It was widely known that the band members kept the first four copies, but until recently it was assumed that John Lennon had owned the first.
Paul McCartney told his official biographer: “John got 0000001 because he shouted loudest. He said, <<Bagsy number one!>>”
A portion of the proceeds from the auction will go to Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach’s charity The Lotus Foundation, which says it aims to advance “social welfare” in a wide range of areas including substance abuse, cancer, cerebral palsy, domestic abuse and animal protection.
Ringo Starr memorabilia auction:
$2,110,000 – Ludwig Drum kit, used on hits including Can’t Buy Me Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand
$910,000 – John Lennon’s 1964 Rickenbacker guitar, which he gave to Ringo Starr in 1968
$790,000 – The White Album, numbered 0000001
$179,200 – George Harrison’s 1962 Gretsch Tennessean guitar, given to Ringo Starr by George Harrison’s family after the Concert for George following Harrison’s death
$179,200 – An 18 carat yellow gold Moonphase watch by Patek Philippe
$125,000 – The back panel from John Lennon’s psychedelic caravan, featuring the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band logo
$115,200 – Ludwig silver sparkle drum kit used in the 1967 Hello, Goodbye video
$106,250 – A gold ring with rectangular sapphire that Ringo Starr says he wore during every show he ever played with the Beatles
$100,000 – A gold and onyx ring, which was also worn for every single Beatles show
Ringo Starr has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 19.
The former Beatles drummer was the last of the Fab Four to be inducted as a solo artist, where he was hailed as “one of the greatest and most creative drummers”.
“Finally, I’m invited and I love it,” Ringo Starr said at the ceremony.
Ringo Starr, 74, was introduced by fellow Beatle Paul McCartney and together they performed their 1967 hit, With A Little Help From My Friends.
While inducting Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney said he could always rely on his former bandmate to perform on every song.
“You don’t have to look with Ringo – he’s there,” he said.
Ringo Starr was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a member of the Beatles in 1988.
Although he was the last Beatle to be recognized for his solo efforts, Ringo Starr was the first to establish a career following the band’s split in 1970, releasing two albums and scoring two top five songs within a year.
Ringo Starr has released 18 solo studio albums, including his latest – Postcards From Paradise – released earlier this month.
Among the other honorees at the ceremony were singer Bill Withers, rock band Green Day, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and Lou Reed – who died in 2013.
Green Day were inducted in their first year of eligibility – which rules state must be 25 years after the release of an artist’s first record.
Bill Withers was inducted by Stevie Wonder.
Joan Jett – who was inducted by Miley Cyrus – opened the show with her rock hit Bad Reputation, and was joined by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl for a performance of Cherry Bomb.
Patti Smith inducted Lou Reed and thanked him for “brutally and benevolently injecting poetry into your music”.
The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony will be broadcast on HBO on May 30.
The use of a crossing guard is being considered at London’s iconic Abbey Road crossing as tourists flock to create the scene made famous by the Beatles.
Westminster City Council has raised safety fears over the thousands of people who visit the crossing, in St John’s Wood, north London.
Residents have also complained about the increase in traffic at the height of the summer season.
The Abbey Road crossing was made famous after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traversed it for Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 Abbey Road record (photo PA)
The council said no proposals had been agreed and the review was ongoing.
Councilors have also raised concerns about buses carrying tourists causing traffic congestion by double-parking or parking on yellow lines.
A Westminster City Council spokeswoman said it is discussing options to manage the busy traffic flow, including the possibility of employing a lollipop lady or man.
She added: “Local Abbey Road ward councilors raised their residents’ concerns about the number of tourists spilling into the road and traffic near the crossing at the height of the summer season, and put forward various suggestions, asking the city council to review pedestrian safety and crowd management.
“However, no proposals have been agreed by the council, nor the review completed.”
The Abbey Road crossing was made famous after John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr traversed it for Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 Abbey Road record.
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