Eleanor Rigby's Grave Site Will Be Auctioned Off


THE haunting tale of Eleanor Rigby stands out among The Beatles' repertoire as a departure from the band's early, jolly love songs.

Fans of the Beatles recently celebrated 50 years of Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, but some may now have the band's Revolver on the brain as the score for album cut "Eleanor Rigby" hits the auction block.

Today it was announced that the deeds for the grave thought to have inspired the timeless tune will go on sale at an auction next month.

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The grave and the Bible are expected to be sold for 2,000 to 4,000 pounds (or $2,500 to $5,100, as of Monday's exchange rate), while the handwritten score is expected to garner 20,000 pounds, or about $25,000. "I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe", Omega Auctions' Paul Fairweather told The Guardian.

Eleanor Rigby's name was immortalised in the song which was released as the B-side of Yellow Submarine in 1966.

The two lots will be among items on sale at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction to be held in Warrington on September 11.

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According to The Guardian, deeds for the grave space, bought in October 1915 by Eleanor's grandmother Frances, were discovered by a relative when the estate of two of Eleanor's half-sisters was left to the family.

Human remains by law can be disturbed after 75 years from the date of the last full burial in the grave.

The Rigby part allegedly came from a shop in Bristol - Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers - that McCartney spotted while watching then-girlfriend Jane Asher perform in The Happiest Days Of Your Life. As the last person to be buried in the plot was laid to rest in 1949, this new sale would allow the next owner to follow suit in seven years. The burial rights also come with a certificate of purchase - very important in cases like these - as well as a Bible with Eleanor Rigby's name written inside.

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