A rare pressing of the Beatles’ White Album from Ringo Starr’s record collection has sold at auction for $790,000, the Associated Press reports.
Julien’s Auctions says an anonymous buyer made the purchase Saturday at a sale in Beverly Hills, California. The mono pressing was the very first in the United Kingdom of the 1968 album.
The auction house said the White Album sale smashed a record set in 2015, when Elvis Presley’s first acetate recording sold at auction for $300,000. It followed a sale on Friday of one of Starr’s early drum kits for $2.2 million to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
The two-day auction included over 800 items owned by Starr and his wife, actress Barbara Bach. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the couple’s Lotus Children Foundation.