Beatles’ biggest fan buys Ringo Starr’s home at auction
The former childhood home of Ringo Starr has sold at auction for £70,000 – to the bidder who has two other Beatles properties in Liverpool.
Number 10 Admiral Grove in Toxteth, where the former Beatle lived until he was 21, attracted bidders across the country as it went under the hammer at the Cavern Club earlier tonight (Thursday 24th March).
It was sold by Plus Dane Housing to the highest bidder, Jackie Holmes from London, who bought the house of John Lennon’s mother in Allerton last April and George Harrison’s home in Speke the year before.
“I’m so glad I’ve got this house because Ringo’s childhood home, like the other two Beatles properties I own, have got so much history behind them, which is what I love about them all. I’m a massive Beatles fan so I’m delighted.
“With this property I’m probably going to rent it out, ideally to a Beatles fan who I know will look after the house and cherish it.”
Plus Dane will reinvest the profits from the sale of the two-bedroom Victorian terrace property back into the local L8 community.
Claire Griffiths, Plus Dane’s Executive Director of Property, said:
“This is a great result for the local community as we have been able to secure a good price for the property at auction, which we’ll now look to reinvest back into Plus Dane homes in the L8 area on neighbourhood projects that will benefit tenants.”
Plus Dane has put specific restrictions on the sale of the house so it cannot become a tourist attraction or museum.
Countrywide, who organised the auction on behalf of Plus Dane, are pleased with the sale.
Tony Webber, Auction Surveyor, Countrywide Property Auctions, said:
“We are happy with the result as it has exceeded its market value of around £50,000 with a premium rate. A good night all round.”
Ringo was born at nearby 9 Madryn Street in 1940 but moved to 10 Admiral Grove as a small child. He lived there with his family until he found fame, celebrating his 21st birthday party there and even got married from the property.
A regular haunt for the Fab Four in their younger days and other well-known faces on the Merseybeat scene including the late Cilla Black, the property holds plenty of memories. The Empress pub at the end of Admiral Grove was also famous for appearing on the front of Ringo’s first solo album, Sentimental Journey.