Ringo Starr's personal copy of the Beatles' 'The White Album' has been sold at auction for a record $790,000.

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

The legendary rock star's copy, numbered No.0000001, carried a pre-auction estimate of $40,000 to $60,000, but that figure was easily surpassed as the bidding reached record-breaking proportions.

Ringo, 75, previously admitted that he and the other members of the Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison - never gave any thought to the value of their records when they were making music together.

He said: "We used to play the vinyl in those days.

"We didn't think, 'We'll keep it for 50 years and it will be in pristine condition.' Whoever gets it, it will have my fingerprints on it."

Because the copies of the album were numbered in sequence, the buyer of Ringo's edition can claim they own the first ever printed copy of the iconic album, which is considered by some critics to be among the best records ever made.

What's more, it reached number one on both sides of the Atlantic and was released just two years before the chart-topping group split up.