A drum kit played by Ringo Starr on recordings of some of the Beatles’ early hits has been purchased by the owner of a National Football League team for US$2.2mil (RM9.4mil), according to the US auction house that managed the sale.

Starr used the Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit in more than 200 of the band’s performances in 1963 and 1964, as well as playing it to record songs including Can’t Buy Me Love, She Loves You and I Want to Hold Your Hand.

Julien’s Auctions said Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay bought the drum kit, which has not been seen in public for more than 50 years, in an auction that ended on Saturday.

The first mono pressing of the Beatles’ White Album in Britain fetched US$790,000 (RM3.4mil) and a Rickenbacker guitar given to Starr by the late John Lennon sold for US$910,000 (RM3.9mil), the auction house said.

Ringo Starr poses in front of some of his photographs during a media event as he launches his book Photograph at the National Portrait Gallery in London, on Sept 9, 2015. Photo: Reuters

Ringo Starr poses in front of some of his photographs during a media event as he launches his book Photograph at the National Portrait Gallery in London, on Sept 9, 2015. Photo: Reuters

The three-day sale in Beverly Hills, California featured more than 800 items, including career memorabilia and personal goods, owned by the musician and his wife, actress Barbara Bach.

The sale netted nearly US$10mil (RM43mil) overall, Julien’s Auctions said.

Some of the proceeds will go to The Lotus Foundation, which was founded by Starr and Bach to fund and promote charitable projects, according to the auction house. – Reuters