(PCM) Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment auction house, is proud to announce the December 4th and 5th auction of Property from The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach. The once-in-a-lifetime collection curated by Ringo and Barbara, features items from their London estate, Beverly Hills and Monaco residences. The couple, who met in 1980 on the movie set of Caveman, when Ringo first met the beautiful actress and former Bond girl Barbara, married in 1981 and have enjoyed an enduring love since. Comprised of musical instruments including drums and guitars, career memorabilia from the Beatles era and Ringo’s solo career including his All-Starr Band, fine antiques, custom-made eclectic furnishings, fine art and personal items, this auction will be a unique and historic event.
The auction of The Property From The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach includes the most important drum kit to ever hit the auction block. Among the seven of Starr’s personal drum kits in the auction is the iconic musician’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit. The kit was used by Starr in more than 200 performances between May of 1963 and February of 1964 and used 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,” “Money,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man,” and many others. Paul McCartney also used the Oyster Black Pearl kit on his first solo album, McCartney. This specific drum kit has not been seen in public for more than 50 years (Est. $300,000 – $500,000).
Additional items up for auction include:
Lennon’s 1964 Rose-Morris Rickenbacker guitar that the singer gave to Starr in 1968. Expected to sell for $600,000 to $800,000.
A 2000 Mercedes Coupe, first owned by Harrison ($60,000-$80,000).
“The White Album No. 1,” which has sat in a bank vault for 35 years.
Custom-made furniture, artwork, photographs, European mirrors, dinner services and glasses from the couple’s homes in London, Beverly Hills and Monaco.
Personal and event worn clothing and jewelry from both Starr and Bach. A tuxedo worn by Starr when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a gown worn by Bach that night.
Starr’s personal scripts from the film Help! (Titled Beatles Two at the time) (Estimate: $2,000-$4,000) and a script from the made for television movie Ringo (Estimate $1,000-$2,000).
“I am not sure I can find the right words to describe how remarkable this auction is,” said 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.”
The musical instruments, personal memorabilia, souvenirs, photographs, furniture, wardrobe and other items offered in this sale will undoubtedly be the subject of one of the most historical auctions to take place in decades.
A portion of the proceeds from the auction, which is expected to generate approximately $10 million, will benefit the couple’s Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on social welfare issues around the world. Multiple items from the auction will be displayed for a week at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York in November.