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Eleanor Rigby's grave for sale, made famous in Beatles song

Eleanor Rigby's grave for sale, made famous in Beatles song
Posted at 7:52 AM, Aug 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-21 05:00:51-04

(RNN) - The grave that may have inspired a Beatles song can be yours, in addition to a handwritten score to the song.

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 rights to the grave and a handwritten score of the song, signed by Beatle Paul McCartney and producer George Martin, will be sold as well as a miniature Bible with Rigby's name dated 1899 at a Beatles memorabilia auction on Sept. 11 in Warrington, UK.

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. 

"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,” Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions told the Guardian

The real Eleanor Rigby lived with her grandparents until her death on Oct. 10, 1939 at the age of 44.

The song "Eleanor Rigby" appeared as a B-side to the "Yellow Submarine" single and on the 1966 album "Revolver." The song earned the Beatles an NME award and a Grammy.

St. Peter's church where Rigby is buried helped give rise to the Beatles, for it was here that Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met at a church event, the Guardian said.

Though McCartney claimed he made up the name Eleanor Rigby, McCartney and Lennon used to regulary cut through the church's graveyard.

The song that may have been inspired by a grave also gave rise to a movie, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," in 2014.

In the UK, grave spaces can contain several burials because the graves are dug deep enough to accommodate them. 

Graves in the UK cannot be owned for more than 100 years, according to the Tameside Metropolitan Borough. 

Once the burial rights have expired, no more burials can take place there until 75 years after the last burial.

The last person was buried in the grave in 1949, so burials can resume there in seven years.

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