Ringo Starr Breaks Guinness World Record by Selling Record

By Robyn Collins

A new round of Guinness World Records has been compiled for 2017 and Ringo Starr has made the list, but it’s not for reasons fans might expect. His copy of the band’s “White Album” has been recognized as the most expensive record ever sold at auction, according to The Vinyl Factory.

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Starr held onto his first edition number ‘0000001’ copy of the record, never played it, and kept it in a vault until the December, 2015 auction.

The album’s pristine condition likely had something to do with the whopping bid he received for $790,000 from an unknown buyer. The vinyl was sold by Julien’s Auction House and the money went to Starr’s Lotus Foundation, which raises funds for “advancing social welfare.”

The record for most expensive album sale was previously held by Elvis Presley, who sold a record for $305,000.

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