Saturday, December 5, 2015

Colts owner Jim Irsay pays $2.2 million for Ringo Starr drum set

A drum kit Ringo Starr used to record some of the Beatles' earliest hits was sold for $2.2 million at auction in Beverly Hills to Jim Irsay, the owner of the Indianapolis Colts. 

Julien's Auctions said Irsay bought the three-piece 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl kit on Friday during a two-day auction involving more than 800 items owned by Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

Starr used the kit in more than 200 performances between May 1963 and February 1964 and was used on such iconic recordings including Can't Buy Me Love, She Loves You, All My Loving and I Want to Hold Your Hand.

The auction, which includes items like instruments and career memorabilia, concludes Saturday.

Also for sale is a guitar used by John Lennon, which the late Beatle gave to Starr.

"[We] thought... we've got lots of furniture, we've got lots of cutlery... and I thought let's make it really crazy and special... like John's guitar,' Starr said at a party on Tuesday night ahead of the auction.

"It's been played twice," he added.

Last month, Julien's Auctions sold a drum head from a kit Starr played on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 for $2.1 million.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple's Lotus Children Foundation, which focuses on global social welfare issues.

So if you hear someone banging out It Don't Come Easy from the owner's box at Lucas Oil Stadium, you'll know who it is.

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