Eleanor Rigby's grave goes up for auction


Eleanor Rigby's grave goes up for auction

As the Guardian's report notes, the Beatles never had any direct affiliation with the Eleanor Rigby buried in the St. Peter's graveyard, and Paul McCartney maintained at one point that the song wasn't named for a real person.

"I thought, I swear, that I made up the name Eleanor Rigby", Mr. McCartney, the tune's principal songwriter, recalled decades later.

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.

Eleanor Rigby's grave in St. Peter's churchyard in Liverpool will be auctioned next month, the Guardian reported, so if you buy it, you can be buried on top of her and her family.

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.

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

According to the grave, Eleanor Rigby died in 1939 at the age of 44.

Once these rights have expired, no one else can be laid to rest there until the grave is purchased again. 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.

Indeed, the Rigby buried behind St. Peter's Church died October 10, 1939, according to her grave stone, and was laid to rest in the same plot as her grandparents, The Guardian reported.

Omega Auctions' Beatles Memorabilia auction takes place September 11 in Warrington, Liverpool, and also features a 1980 Porsche 928 owned by George Harrison and footage of the band's first performance in Montreal.