Beatles Love Me Do drum kit selling at Nate D Sanders

Andy White's Ludwig drum kit, which he played on the recording of the Beatles' Love Me Do (1962), is to sell at Nate D Sanders.

It's expected to make in excess of $150,000 in the June 30 auction.

Beatles Andy White
Andy White, who died last year, played drums on the Beatles' first single

Beatles fans may already be aware that three versions of the song were recorded, each with different drummers.  

The band sacked their former drummer, Pete Best, a couple of months before recording began - although a test version featuring him does exist.

The band brought in Ringo Starr almost immediately, however, producer George Martin was initially unimpressed with Starr's audition and decided to use session drummer Andy White on the track.

White's version was the track that came to be used on the album, Starr's on the single.

Starr was given a tambourine to play, which he can be heard half-heartedly banging in the background.

Whether the kit will reach its estimate is difficult to predict. While it was used in the recording of one of the band's most historically important songs, it may not have the cachet of a Starr associated kit.

Last year the Pearl kit Starr used during the recording of Please Please Me realised $2.2m at Julien's Auctions - becoming one of the most valuable pieces of Beatles memorabilia ever sold.

We have this signed photograph of Ringo Starr for sale.

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