Ringo Starr's Help! jacket brings $46,500 at auction
A suit jacket worn by Ringo Starr in the Beatles film 'Help!' was amongst the highlights of the recent RR Auctions Marvels of Modern Music sale.
Described by "a highly desirable piece of rock–cinema history", the jacket was worn by Ringo during a scene in which he attempts to remove a cursed sacrificial ring from his finger – to no avail. He then spends the rest of the film being pursued by an evil cult and mad scientists, all of whom are after the magic ring for themselves.
Originally made by the London tailors A D.A. Millings & Sons, and still bearing the original tag with Ringo's name on it, the jacket sold for $46,500 – the second-highest price of the auction.
Further Beatles highlights included a signed 'A Hard Day's Night' album cover which sold for $30,202, and a signed copy of their debut album Please Please Me which realized $17,045.
The sale's top price was achieved by a custom white Hamer electric guitar once owned by legendary punk guitarist Johnny Ramone which sold for $49,889.
Also amongst the highlights were a number of autographed items from icons of the 1960s.
A highly rare signed copy of the second Jimi Hendrix Experience album Axis: Bold as Love, bearing the signatures of Jimi, Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, sold for 30,711, followed by an autographed photo of Hendrix which fetched $20,371.
A signed photograph of Janis Joplin, taken just two weeks after her legendary performance at Woodstock, was similarly sought after, selling for $18,779.
Further items once touched by rock 'n' roll royalty included Elvis Presley's pump-action shotgun which sold for $17,787; a cowboy hat signed by more than 100 country and western performers which fetched $17,817; a rare signed CD copy of the seminal Nirvana single Smells Like Teen Spirit which sold for $6,366; and an agreement to appear on American Bandstand signed by Doors front-man Jim Morrison which sold for $11,873.
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