Ringo Starr’s suede boots beat estimate by 38%

A pair of suede boots Ringo Starr wore onstage in 1963 has sold for £6,900 ($8,942).

That’s an increase of 38% on their £5,000 ($6,480) estimate.

Ringo Starr boots

Ringo was allowed to wear comfy shoes as his feet were hidden behind a drum kit

They were part of a selection of memorabilia connected with the band at the Liverpool Beatles Shop’s annual auction.

In their early years, the Beatles were known for their sharp matching suits paired with pointy toed leather boots.

As the drummer, Ringo was exempted from donning the fashionable footwear.  

Liverpool Beatles Shop owner Ian Wallace told local paper the News & Star: "The original Beatle boots were leather with a higher heel.

"As the drummer he was having to use pedals for the bass drum and the hi-hat cymbal and what have you, so he couldn't use those boots.

"Instead he wore these suede ones, which were obviously more comfortable."

Ringo gave these boots to a family friend in the early 1960s and they’ve been carefully looked after ever since. His name is still visible, inscribed in biro on the inner.

Like the rest of the band, demand for Starr’s memorabilia is on the up.

Last year the Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl drum kit he played on the Beatles’ first record, Please Please Me, sold for a spectacular $2.2m.

We have this stunning set of Beatles’ autographs for sale.

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