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Penny Lane for Ringo Starr as he auctions off 800 Beatles items


Ringo starr

Ringo starr

Ringo starr

Over 800 items owned by Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, are going to auction, including rare Beatles memorabilia like his three-piece drum kit (left), used in over 200 performances, and a Rickenbacker guitar known as the "Beatle-Backer" that John Lennon owned and later gave to Ringo.

The unprecedented number of Beatles-owned objects will be offered on December 4-5, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

"We have so much stuff and a lot of it we haven't seen in 20 to 30 years," Starr (75) said. He said the idea for the auction came after The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles asked to do an exhibition about his life and music in 2013-2014.

"It started with me looking at storage units we have all around the world, it seems. ... We found we had so much stuff," he said.

Then another project - an upcoming book and exhibition, currently at London's National Portrait Gallery, of photographs Starr took of his former bandmates - turned up "boxes of negatives from the '60s onward", he said.

"We thought, 'What are we going to do with all this stuff?'" he said.

So they turned to Julien's Auctions. Like his book, Photograph, coming out later this month, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation that focuses on social welfare issues around the world.

Auction highlights will be on display for a week at The Hard Rock Cafe New York on November 16, and will also will be shown at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge prior to the sale.