Paul McCartney’s original handwritten score for The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby is going up for auction
Monday 21 Aug 2017
The original score signed by Paul McCartney (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)
The score Paul McCartney wrote for The Beatles’ hit song Eleanor Rigby is going up for auction.
The original score was only discovered recently when an estate of the Rigby family was left to a family member, along with a treasure trove of old memories.
The score of the hit song was written to include four violins, two violas and two cellos.
It was handwritten by Beatles producer George Martin, and signed by Paul, as he wrote the lyrics to the song, which had overriding themes of loneliness.
The song marked a change in direction for the band (Picture: Getty Images)
The song featured on the 1966 Beatles album Revolver, and became famous for its hand in re-positioning the band as more experimental because it wasn’t considered a pop or rock song.
The song’s mature themes also aided the song in reaching new audiences beyond its young fan base.
The full manuscript (Picture: STF/AFP/Getty Images)
Paul Fairweather, who works at Omega Auctions, said: ‘I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe.’
The score is written in pencil and includes a note explaining that the song was to be recorded at Abbey Road studio, where the Beatles were famously photographed crossing the road.
The score will be up for auction at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington, England, on September 11.
Beatles' handwritten Eleanor Rigby score goes on auction
The piece of memorabilia, signed by their late producer George Martin and Paul McCartney, is expected to fetch £20,000.
Monday 21 August 2017