An Early Ringo Starr Letter and Pre-Beatles Banjo Heads to Auction Alongside Historic Manuscripts

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

A 1962 letter from Ringo Starr detailing his welcoming to the Beatles is one of several highlights of a Christie’s auction next month of books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from significant cultural figures across several centuries.

The letter, written to teenage girlfriend Doreen Walker, is an interesting early look at Starr’s life after joining the band around the release of their first single “Love Me Do.” It begins, “I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and I said yes…” The letter goes on to detail upcoming tours and a performance in Walker’s home of Manchester, England. The item was offered last year at a Heritage Auctions sale but did not find a buyer. At Christie’s, it’s estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £40,000 (US$38,000 and US$50,800).

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