Ringo Starr's White Album could sell for up to $60,000

The first ever copy of the Beatles' White Album will cross the block in the sale of Ringo Starr's personal memorabilia collection at Julien's Auctions.

It's valued at $40,000-60,000.

Beatles White Album
Each of the Beatles was given an early pressing of the White Album

Each White Album cover has its own serial number. Anything under 1,000 is highly collectible.

Julien's comments: "It has been widely known among collectors that the four members of the Beatles kept numbers 1 through 4, but it was not commonly known that Starr was given the No.0000001 album.

"Starr has stated that he kept this album in a bank vault in London for over 35 years. Up to this time the lowest numbered UK first mono pressing album to come to market is No.0000005, which sold in 2008 for just under $30,000."

The record is likely to prove highly attractive to Beatles collectors, given its exclusivity.  

The highest price paid for a Beatles record is $290,500 - set for a copy of Sgt Pepper's signed by the whole band.

The Ludwig Oyster drum kit Starr played in some of the band's earliest recordings is expected to make $300,000-500,000.

It follows on from the auction of the guitar John Lennon used to write much of the first album, which realised a Beatles record $2.4m earlier this month.

All of the proceeds from the sale will go to the Lotus Foundation, an organisation set up by Starr and his wife to fund a range of causes.  

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