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Sunday 17 December 2017

Ringo Starr's drum kit fetches £1.4m at US auction

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach
Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach

A drum kit used by Ringo Starr to record some of the Beatles' early hits has sold for 2.2 million dollars (£1.4m) to the owner of the Indianapolis Colts American football team at an auction.

Julien's Auctions said Jim Irsay bought the 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit at a sale in Beverly Hills, California.

The two-day auction, which ends on Saturday, includes more than 800 items owned by Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

Starr, now 75, used the kit in more than 200 performances between May 1963 and February 1964. He also played it on recordings including Can't Buy Me Love, She Loves You, All My Loving and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

A portion of the auction proceeds will go to the couple's Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on world social welfare issues.

Mr Irsay owns prominent guitars from the group's other three members - Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon. Earlier this year he also purchased a drumhead that will fit the set he just bought.

"Finally, after 45 years, the Beatles are together again," Mr Irsay said.

Mr Irsay is a huge music fan and an avid collector. He owns about 30 famous guitars, including those used by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Eric Clapton.

A rare pressing of The Beatles' White Album from Starr's record collection sold for 790,000 dollars (£522,000).

Julien's Auctions said an anonymous buyer made the purchase.

The mono pressing was the very first in the United Kingdom of the 1968 album.

The auction house said the White Album sale smashed a record set in 2015, when Elvis Presley's first acetate recording sold at auction for 300,000 dollars (£198,500).

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