Love letters written by Ringo Starr have sold at auction for $26,000 (£16,250). The Beatles legend wrote the notes to a girlfriend named Doreen Speight in the 1960s when he was in his early 20s after meeting her at a Butlin's holiday camp in the U.K. before he became part of the Fab Four. In one of the notes, Starr shares some exciting news with Speight after he was invited to join the band, writing, "I got a call asking would I join the Beatles. I said yes. I am doing very well with the new group." Speight says of the letters, which were sold at Bonhams auction house in London on Wednesday (25Jun14), "He was Richard Starkey (Starr's real name) then and we spent the whole week together, having beach parties. Ringo would hold my hand. He was a real gentleman."