A drum head used by the Beatles during the band’s U.S. visit is going under the hammer next month. The auction, which will be held in Los Angeles, will also invite bids for Elvis Presley’s gold-leaf grand piano.
According to Julien’s Auctions, both items are expected to be auctioned at over half-a million dollars. Elvis’s gold piano is currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The King of Rock had bought the piano back in 1955 as a gift for his mother. The piano was later covered with 24-karat gold leaf by Elvis’s wife, Priscilla.
“It’s the most historic and important piano that Elvis Presley ever owned,” Darren Julian, the president of the auction house, told AFP.
The drum skin has Beatles’ famous logo with the dropped “T.” Drummer Ringo Starr used the kit during “The Ed Sullivan Show” in New York in 1964. The drum kit has also been on several concerts, including Washington D.C. and New York’s Carnegie Hall, Reuters reports.
“It’s the most important drum head that will ever be auctioned of the Beatles,” Julian said, according to AFP. “It was used during The Ed Sullivan Show, which is the most pivotal and historic moment of the Beatles’ career.”