Ringo Starr Is Auctioning Off The Very First Pressing Of The Beatles' 'White Album' For Charity
Back in 1968,The Beatles capped off their time freewheeling through India with the release of an epically influential self-titled LP also known as The White Album. The sprawling, 30-track album has gone on to earn all of the superlatives, including what many consider to be the single greatest recording of all-time, right next to their other iconic and immensely innovative recordings like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
All three of those outings have become something of a holy grail for record collectors, not solely due to their weight in the greater landscape of highly-coveted (and toweringly-priced) late-60s original pressings. Rather, the price tag for these records has been determined by the widely acknowledged notion that The Fab Four actually own the first four pressings of each of their albums.
And so, records numbered 0000001-0000004 have come with an even more inflated tag, sitting pretty in the mid-to-high five-figure range and have been virtually unattainable to the general public, even to those with unconventionally deep pockets. That is until earlier this week when drummer Ringo Starr put his No. 0000001 up for auction via Julien's (auction house to the stars) at a starting bid of $20,000.
Bidders need not worry of the record's condition, as it was apparently stored in a bank vault (rightfully so) for the last 35 years. All proceeds from the auction of the record (and roughly 1,300 other items from Ringo's personal collection) will be donated to the Lotus Foundation, one that Starr himself founded to "advance social welfare in diverse areas."
Head over to Julien's now and place your bid.
H/T: The Vinyl Factory