Original 'Eleanor Rigby' score expected to sell for 20k

Paul McCartney's original handwritten score for The Beatles Eleanor Rigby up for auction

Released as a double A-side with the song "Yellow Submarine in August 1966, Eleanor Rigby marked a giant leap forward in the way that The Beatles thought about their art, following their exploration of new and more complex musical ideas such as "Day Tripper" and "Paperback Writer".

They're expected to reach between £2,000 and £4,000, and whoever buys them will have the right to be buried on top of Ms Rigby in St Peter's churchyard in Woolton, Liverpool.

Word came down late last week that the original score for the Beatles "Eleanor Rigby" is going up for auction, a sale that'll probably fetch $50,000.

We've seen some fairly weird Beatles-related memorabilia auctioned off over the years, but there's always something even stranger just waiting to be sent to the auction block - as evidenced by the pending sale of Eleanor Rigby's grave deeds.

"I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe", he said. 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. But it later emerged that it was inscribed on a headstone in the graveyard which he and Lennon used to regularly use as a shortcut. (The photo above is the statue in her honor in Liverpool.) Rigby, who died on October 10, 1939, at age 44, is buried there along with several relatives. In 1939, she died of a brain haemorrhage aged 44. Under U.K. law, the disturbance of human remains is not allowed for 75 years from the date of the last full burial in a family plot. If you happen to win the auction, you could have the right to be buried in the same plot as Rigby in only seven years.

The score sheet is also signed by Paul McCartney and includes producer notes that the track should have four violins, two violas and two cellos.



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