Ringo Starr's memorabilia collection to sell at Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills has announced a landmark sale of items from the collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach.
The "once-in-a-lifetime" auction will include instruments and memorabilia from Starr's music career, both with The Beatles and as a solo artist, along with antiques, fine art, furniture and mementos from the homes in London, Beverly Hills and Monaco he shares with his wife Bach.
“This collection features so many remarkable items from The Beatles to Ringo Starr’s solo career to those special items collected by Barbara Bach for their residences,” said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions. “Every time we begin to look through the inventory of this fantastic collection we simply are stunned when we think of the history truly represented here.”
“I am not sure I can find the right words to describe how remarkable this auction is,” added Darren Julien, Founder & CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “To be able to say you are representing such music royalty as that of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach is not only an honor but one of the greatest privileges of my life and professional career.”
Without doubt the highlight of the sale will be Starr's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, used extensively during the formative years of The Beatles.
Starr played the kit at more than 200 live performances between May 1963 and February 1964, and used it to record some of The Beatles biggest hits including 'Can’t Buy Me Love', 'She Loves You', 'All My Loving', 'I Want to Hold Your Hand'.
Described as "the most important drum kit to ever hit the auction block", and having remained unseen publically for over 50 years, the kit is expected to sell for $300,000-$500,000.
Further notable lots will include a custom built Jumbo Silver Sparkle kit used in The Beatles' 1967 'Hello Goodbye' video, estimated at $100,000-$200,000; a Gretsch guitar gifted to Starr by George Harrison, estimated at $100,000-$200,000; a 1964 325FG Rose-Morris model Rickenbacker guitar gifted by John Lennon, estimated at $600,000-$800,000; and a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar gifted by Marc Bolan, estimated at $15,000-$20,000.
The auction will take place in Beverly Hills on December 4-5, with a portion of the proceeds set to benefit Starr and Bach's Lotus Foundation U.S., a charity which supports issues including child welfare, women's issues, addiction recovery and education.
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