Ringo Starr auctions first-ever copy of The Beatles’ ‘White Album’

Numbered version of the original LP will go under the hammer next month

Ringo Starr is auctioning off the first ever copy of the The Beatles self-titled 1968 album.

More commonly known as ‘The White Album’, each unit of the record came with its own serial number stamped on the cover.

Julien’s Auctions based in Beverly Hills estimates the LP will sell for up to $60,000 (£40,000) at the December 3-5 auction.

The numbered copy of the LP was rumoured to be John Lennon’s who, according to Paul McCartney, “shouted the loudest” for it when the band decided to have the copies numbered.

The first four pressings of the album were all in possession of The Beatles while copy No. 0000005 sold at an auction in 2008 for a little less than $30,000 (£20,000).

All proceeds of the sale will go to the Lotus Foundation, which was founded by Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach.

TV viewers recently voted ‘Hey Jude’ as the UK’s favourite Number One by The Beatles.

ITV broadcast The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One, a rundown of results from a poll to determine which of the band’s 17 Number One singles is the most loved.

‘Hey Jude’ finished in the top spot ahead of ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Let It Be’. Noel Gallagher was among the talking heads on the show and talked about the change in sound from The Beatles early period to the time they were recording ‘Hey Jude’.