Drum kit used by The Beatles to record ‘Love Me Do’ goes up for auction

One time drummer Andy White performed on the track

A drum kit used by The Beatles to record ‘Love Me Do’ is being auctioned off.

The Ludwig kit went under the hammer today (June 30) at Nate D. Sanders Auctions for a bidding price of $150,000 (£113,300).

It was played by one time Beatles drummer Andy White, who briefly sat in for Ringo Starr during the recording of the track. White was asked to re-record the hit with Starr on tambourine.

The drum set comes from the personal collection of Clive Edwards, who studied drumming with Reg Weller – White’s close friend. The Beatles drum set includes a letter of authenticity from White’s widow Thea.

White reflected on the recording session during a 2012 interview with the BBC, stating: “From the drum sound I can tell that I was on (the album) ‘Please Please Me’, because it was a vastly different sound to Ringo’s drum set at that time. This was before he got the Ludwig kit.

“Each drummer gets an individual sound, first of all by the way they tune the drums and then by the way they play the drums.”

He also used the same drum kit to record with Billy Fury for his first album ‘The Sound Of Fury’. White died in Caldwell, New Jersey last year, at the age of 85.

Meanwhile, The Beatles recently authorised a new video for ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ to mark the tenth anniversary of their Cirque Du Soleil show.

The Beatles Love opened in 2006 in Las Vegas and is still hosted at the Mirage Hotel in the city. 

The video for the ‘Love Version’ of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ highlights new performances within The Beatles Love. It’s directed by performance artists Dandypunk, Leah Moyer and Andre Kasten.