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Jim Irsay, Colts owner, buys Ringo Starr’s drum set for $1.75MM

This photo provided on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015,

This photo provided on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, shows a drum kit that Ringo Starr used to record some of the Beatles' early hits. Credit: AP / Caroline Galloway

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Irsay is reuniting the Beatles piece by piece. The Indianapolis Colts owner made his latest pricey purchase Friday, picking up Ringo Starr’s first Ludwig drum set at auction for $1.75 million.

“Finally, after 45 years, the Beatles are together again,” Irsay said in a text message to The Associated Press. Irsay owns prominent guitars from the group’s other three members — Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and the late John Lennon.

Earlier this year, Irsay also purchased a drumhead that will fit the set he just bought. Irsay is a huge music fan and an avid collector. He owns roughly 30 famous guitars, including instruments used by Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Eric Clapton.

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