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.
The belongings include artwork, furniture, jewelry and dinner service. The couple told the AP that after selecting certain items “we’d take them back, but then we’d say, ‘Where are we going to put it’ and realized it would have to go back in storage, so we said, ‘Okay, let’s put it back in the auction.’”
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.
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
Auction watch descriptions and images were provided by Julien’s Auctions.