- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Eleanor Rigby was “buried along with her name,” according to The Beatles song, but not her Bible — it’s being auctioned in London next month along with the deed to to her grave in the Woolton suburb of Liverpool, England.

Bidders will have a chance at buying a 19th century Bible owned by Eleanor Rigby along with the certificate of purchase and a receipt for her grave space when the items hit the auction block Sept. 11, The Guardian reported Monday.

The peculiar pieces of Beatles memorabilia are being sold together in a single lot and are expected to fetch as much as $5,000, The Guardian reported.

An original score of the tune signed by Beatles co-founder Paul McCartney and the band’s longtime producer, George Martin, meanwhile, is expected to sell at the same auction for upwards of $25,000, the report said.

“Each item is fantastic, unique and of significant historical importance in itself so to have both to come up for auction at the same time is an incredible coincidence and it will be exciting to see how they perform. I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe,” Omega Auctions’ Paul Fairweather told The Guardian.

The song “Eleanor Rigby” was released in 1966, nearly a decade after Mr. McCartney met Beatles co-founder John Lennon for the first time at a festival behind St. Peter’s Church in Woolton.

“I thought, I swear, that I made up the name Eleanor Rigby,” Mr. McCartney, the tune’s principal songwriter, recalled decades later. “But it seems that up in Woolton Cemetery, where I used to hang out a lot with John, there’s a gravestone to an Eleanor Rigby.”

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

“Nobody came” to her funeral, according to the tune.

The song was was released on “Revolver,” the group’s seventh studio album, and was also issued as the B-side of “Yellow Submarine.”

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