Ringo Starr's childhood home to auction at The Cavern Club

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2016-01-28 15:31:53

The childhood home of Ringo Starr is set to go under the hammer at the Cavern Club in March.

The two-bed Victorian terrace at 10 Admiral Grove, where Starr lived for 20 years, which will be offered with an estimate of £55,000 ($78,850).

Having moved into the house at the age of three with his mother, Starr was educated at home for much of his childhood as he recovered from bouts of serious illness. He learnt to play the drums in the house during his formative years as a budding musician, before finally moving out when Beatlemania took hold of the country.

A 1963 BBC documentary entitled 'The Mersey Sound' featured scenes outside the house, as Ringo was mobbed by fans on his doorstep when George Harrison arrived to pick him up. He had previously seen fans camped outside the house chanting "Pete forever! Ringo never!" when he first replaced Pete Best as The Beatles' drummer in 1962.  

The house's previous tenant was Margaret Gorse, who had lived at the property for 37 years and regularly welcomed fans in for a look around, before passing away in 2015.

“We are delighted and excited that Plus Dane Housing has chosen Countrywide to auction this property, which is such a unique part of Liverpool’s history as well as that of The Beatles," said Tony Webber, auction surveyor at Countrywide Property Auctions.

"We have auctioned properties lived in by three other members of The Beatles – John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, and we expect a high level of interest from potential buyers in the UK and internationally.  We would urge all interested parties to register their details as soon as possible to ensure they don’t miss out on this rare opportunity."

In February 2015 the company auctioned McCartney's childhood home in Western Avenue, Speke, for £150,000 ($231,000). They had previously sold the 9 Newcastle Road in Wavertree, where Lennon lived in until he was five, for £480,000 ($770,250), and Harrison's childhood home at 25 Upton Green in Speke, where The Beatles first rehearsed, for £156,000 ($250,000).

The auction takes place at the Cavern Club on March 24.

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