Ringo Starr has announced the sale of a limited edition of life-size replicas of his hand, with prices starting at $2,000.
That The Beatles icon made an agreement with Julien’s Auctions to sell the figures, which are available in signed form bronze and stainless steel editions that bear the legend “Peace & Love” and come in a presentation box with a certificate of authenticity. Only 250 of each version will be made available. While the bronze edition is $2,000, the steel version costs $5,000 — though shipping is included in both deals.
“Each life-size craft features Starr’s iconic peace symbol, his signature greeting and enduring message to the world over the past five decades,” the auction site reported. “Starr has delivered this message in many forms: from his annual request for fans to join him in making the hand symbol on his birthday, to the 8-foot-tall, 800-pound stainless steel statue dedicated to him in Beverly Hills, CA , and beyond. With all proceeds benefiting the Lotus Foundation in its mission to fund, support, participate in and promote a wide range of charitable projects, these artworks deliver this message of peace and love anew.”
Starr staged one remarkable auction of memorabilia via Julien’s in 2015 including his first ever Ludwig drum kit and his copy of the Beatles’ White album with serial number 0000001. It raised over $9 million, with a large portion of the money directed towards Lotus Foundation, which he formed with his wife Barbara. Its objective is “to fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed at promoting social welfare in various areas including, but not limited to, substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, abused women and their children, homelessness [and] animals in need.”
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