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Ringo Starr to Sell Art for Charity

June 27, 2008 3:14 PM ET

The Beatles' Ringo Starr will sell his own artwork starting tomorrow at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Each item is hand-signed by the drummer, with all of Ringo's proceeds benefiting the Lotus Foundation. Additionally, Ringo and his All-Starr will perform at the Hard Rock on July 3rd. Buyers who purchase $2,950 worth of artwork will receive a free ticket to the show as well as the opportunity to meet Starr at a VIP reception earlier in the day. Starr began creating art while on tour in the late 90's. The collection that will be appearing at the Hard Rock is titled "Abstract Face."

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