Ringo Starr's Copy of the 'White Album' Officially Most Expensive Record Sold at Auction
Peace and love... and mega-bucks. According to the 2017 edition of the Guinness World Records Beatles drummer Ringo Starr's copy of the White Album is officially the most expensive LP ever sold at auction. Guinness confirmed that a December 2015 sale at Julien's Auction House set a new standard for album sales when the first-edition copy with the catalog number 0000001 -- which was kept in a vault in perfect condition by Starr for more than 35 years -- went for a whopping $790,000.
That price crushed the previous record, for an Elvis Presley acetate that sold for $305,000. Ringo's copy of the Beatles' 1968 classic was sold as part of a three-day auction of items owned by the band's drummer and his wife, Barbara Bach, with proceeds going to his social welfare charity, the Lotus Foundation. The name of the buyer was not disclosed.
A few other Guinness records in the new edition:
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