A document from 1911 signed by Eleanor Rigby has been auctioned to benefit the Cumbrian-based Sunbeams Music Trust. It was given to the Trust’s founder Annie Mawson by Paul McCartney in 1990 when she wrote to him a year earlier asking for a £500,000 donation.
According to the BBC, the document was expected to sell for, appropriately enough, £500,000.
The document is the only known signature of the scullery maid employed at Liverpool City Hospital and who, Miss Mawson believes, was the inspiration behind the Beatles’ song ‘Eleanor Rigby’.
In the following video Annie Mawson and Ted Owen of auctioneers the Fame Bureau explain the significance of this document and what it could help the charity achieve.