|1963 drum kit.|
And being Ringo, there are lots of interesting Beatles related stuff. Among the cutlery, the saucers, glasses and dinner services are items like his 1963 drum kit and the #000000001 edition of "The Beatles" (White album), several guitars, including a Gretsch which was a gift from George Harrison and a Rickenbacker from John Lennon.
Over 800 items will be offered Dec. 4-5 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation that focuses on social welfare issues around the world.
Highlights and their pre-sale estimates:
- Ringo's first 1963 Ludwig Oyster black pearl three-piece drum kit that he used in over 200 performances and recordings between May 1963 and February 1964. Paul McCartney also used the set on his first solo album, "McCartney." $300,000-$500,000.
- John Lennon's 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker with a fire-glo sunburst finish that he played during The Beatles' 1964-1965 Christmas shows. He made a gift of the guitar to Ringo in 1968. $600,000-$800,000.
- A 2000 Mercedes Coupe, first owned by George and acquired by Ringo after the guitarist died in 2001. $60,000-$80,000.
- A seven-tom drum kit inspired by drummer Hal Blaine and commissioned for Ringo by George in 1968. Only five sets of the custom kits are known to exist. $10,000-$20,000.
Julien's anticipates the sale could top $5 million-$10 million.
"It's really a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ringo will never do this again. They are the only items he's letting go," said auctioneer Darren Julien.
Link to auction: JuliensAuctions.com/