Ringo Starr drum kit fetches $2.2 million at auction

Sun Dec 6, 2015 10:55am EST
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(Reuters) - A drum kit played by Ringo Starr on recordings of some of the Beatles' early hits has been purchased by the owner of a National Football League team for $2.2 million, according to the U.S. auction house that managed the sale.

Starr used the Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl 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 has not been seen in public for more than 50 years, in an auction that ended on Saturday.

The first mono pressing of the Beatles' "White Album" in the United Kingdom fetched $790,000 and a Rickenbacker guitar given to Starr by the late John Lennon sold for $910,000, the auction house said.

The three-day sale in Beverly Hills, California featured more than 800 items, including career memorabilia and personal goods, owned by the musician and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

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.

(Reporting by Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, N.C.; Editing by Digby Lidstone)

A studio drum set played by Ringo Starr, the first Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit, used for the Beatles' early recordings is shown in this photo released on December 2, 2015. REUTERS/Julien's Auctions/Handout via Reuters