Ringo Starr’s Jacket From Beatles Movie Sells for $46,000
The wool jacket Ringo Starr (aka Richard Starkey) wore in the 1965 Beatles’s film Help! sold for $46,527 at auction this month, according to RR Auction.
The striped double-breasted jacket, which was made by A.D. A. Millings and Sons, has a inner right pocket with a label inside that reads “Ringo.” On the upper lining of the right sleeve, “Ringo No.1” appears.
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity and a letter of provenance from the original owner, “a top rock ‘n’roll collector in Rhode Island,” according to Billboard.com, the jacket was given to the lucky collector by Ringo’s parents.
“Since the late 1950’s I have been a friend of the Starkey–Graves family. Ringo or Ritchie as he was known to us and his girlfriend was one of a group of friends socializing together…During the sixties while visiting Ringo’s parents Elsie and Harry I was given a suit which I was informed had been worn by Ringo in the film,” the collector told RR Auction.
The Massachusetts-based auction house auctions rare documents, such as JFK letter and photos, manuscripts, autographs, and historic artifacts. The special Beatles item was part of a Marvels of Modern Music auction that closed on July 23.
After the Beatles broke up, Starr continued acting in various films. He starred in Ferdinando Baldi’s Blindman (1971), Freddie Francis’ Son of Dracula (1974), and Carl Gottlieb’s Caveman (1981). On July 7, the internationally-known drummer celebrated his 75th birthday.
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