Ringo Starr's $2M Drum And 10 Other Bank-Breaking '60s Artifacts

By | March 1, 2019

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The Beatles rehearsing at the Deauville Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida for THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW. From left: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Image dated February 16, 1964. Source: (CBS via Getty Images)

The most expensive rock 'n roll memorabilia from the '60s is a moving target -- it seems with each passing year, something new (well, 50 years old, actually) goes on the market and commands a price that would buy a very nice home or three. Today's "most expensive" '60s memorabilia might seem a bargain within five years. But certain high marks for classic guitars and drums, handwritten lyrics, or rock-star cars seem to be verifiably the highest prices paid until we hear otherwise.

It's no surprise that the Beatles dominate this list -- not only were they the biggest band of the '60s, they were also the most meticulously documented, merchandised and mythologized. Given all that would happen during the band's run and after they broke up, it's hardly surprising that some Beatlemaniacs would cling to a sheet of original handwritten John Lennon lyrics like a scrap of the Shroud of Turin. Here are the top 11 most expensive rock 'n roll memorabilia from the 1960s.

John Lennon's Rolls Royce: $2,898,725

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John Lennon’s Rolls Royce. Source: (commons.wikimedia.org)

The 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V  limousine that belonged to John Lennon is one of the most famous rock 'n roll cars, and one of two Phantoms Lennon owned. This one was initially black, and highly customized, with a telephone, television, refrigerator, phonograph player and a rear seat converted to a bed. Lennon had the car repainted prior to the release, in 1967, of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club Band and it showed up in the Magical Mystery Tour special as well, later that year. The Phantom became the most expensive car in history when it was auctioned by Sotheby's in 1985 for $2,299,000. It's currently on display at the Royal B.C. Museum in Canada