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Ringo Starr Auction InformationRingo Starr Auction

In December, the Ringo Starr will be auctioning off over 800 pieces from his personal collection found in his homes and storage units from all over the world (hint: we got excited about two watches).  Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach have decided to downsize and sell their country house in England and leave their Monte Carlo apartment.  In the process, they realized how much had been accumulated over the years and decided to auction everything off.  The auction is hosted by Julien’s Auctions and is taking place in early December.  The proceeds of the auction will benefit the Lotus Foundation, a charity founded by Starr and Bach.

Auction Highlights

There are about 800 items that have been listed for auction, so narrowing down just a few to feature can be difficult.  Here are just a few of the extensive list of items you’ll find at the auction:

  • The White Album No. 1 – Kept in a bank vault for the last 35 years
  • Ludwig Drum Kit – Used to record hits including “Can’t buy me love,” “She Loves You,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  • The “Beatle Backer” – John Lennon’s Rickenbacker electric guitar given to Starr
  • George Harrison’s Gretsch Tennessean –  Given to Starr by George’s wife and son
  • Ringo Starr Tuxedo – Worn when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • Ringo’s pinky ring – featuring a large blue stone seen in many photographs
  • Various clothing and jewelry from Barbara Bach
  • Custom Furniture

There will be many other remarkable items from The Beatles, Ringo’s solo career and from his life with Barbara Bach including at least two watches.

Ringo Starr Collection

Watches at the Auction

What really caught our eyes about this auction, other than the fact that we could own something from The Beatles, were two watches owned by Ringo Starr himself.  While not much is known about the watches, Julien’s Auction House has provided us with some details on a Patek Philippe Moonphase and an Omega Digital Quartz watch.

An 18k Yellow Gold “Moonphase” Automatic Wristwatch by Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe, Genève gent’s wristwatch,  circular white dial with aperture for day, date, moonphase, applied button hour markers, attached to a 37 jewel movement No. 1119195, Cal: 27/460Q, self-winding, with perpetual calendar, moon phase, within an 18k yellow gold smooth polished case, case No. 328482, Ref. 3448, case attached with a skin strap with possibly an 18K yellow gold Patek Philippe buckle.

Estimate $80,000 – $100,000​

A Stainless Steel “Time Computer LED” Digital Quartz Wristwatch by Omega

Circa 1970, the black rectangular dial attached to a tapered stainless steel bracelet and deployant clasp, 7″, 119 grams gifted to Ringo Starr by The Who’s Keith Moon.

Estimate: $400 – $600

Ringo Starr's Omega Digital Quartz Watch

Auction watch descriptions and images were provided by Julien’s Auctions.

About Emily Smith
Newbie to watches but a quick learner. She loves the history of watches and loves learning how they work. She prefers Rolex and Omega watches but is learning the history behind other brands. Her watches of choice right now are her vintage Omega Ladymatic that is a mere 19mm and her newest addition, a 1973 Rolex Oyster with a navy dial. While she enjoys the look of vintage watches, she is excited to learn about new models and build her collection.

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  • Jim Kroening

    This Ringo Starr auction appears to be old news. I found a BBC article dated December 2015 listing the prices fetched at auction for these items.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-35019638

  • Hi Jim, yes this article was published in 2015 on our website before the auction happened. If you received a link to this in one of our emails, we sometimes feature older articles that people may have missed.