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France honours Beatles drummer Ringo Starr

British artist and former drummer for the Beatles Ringo Starr poses next to a 1964 yellow submarine before the "Passion Ocean" exhibition inauguration on September 24, 2013 in Monaco.

British artist and former drummer for the Beatles Ringo Starr poses next to a 1964 yellow submarine before the "Passion Ocean" exhibition inauguration on September 24, 2013 in Monaco.  (AFP)

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has joined one of the art world's most exclusive clubs after being appointed a Commander of France's Order of Arts and Letters.

In Monaco where an exhibition featuring two of his paintings is taking place, the man who is considered one of the world's best drummers was handed the award Tuesday by France's ambassador Hugues Moret.

He joins a club that already features Chinese film director Wong Kar Wai, Scottish actor Sean Connery, singer David Bowie and the late Irish poet Seamus Heaney.

The award ceremony took place in front of the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco, which is holding an exhibition that showcases the hidden passion for art of various famous people including Starr, Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.

"I'm a drummer, but I can do other things. Like painting, living, breathing," the 73-year-old quipped while posing for photos in front of the museum, which coincidentally has on display an old, bright yellow submarine.

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