Paul McCartney reportedly blocked an auction of his old clothes and a piece of paper with some lyrics written on it.
The musician’s lawyers prevented a cape, suit and a scrap of paper with three lines of a song from being sold by Omega Auctions in Liverpool yesterday (March 20).
A spokesperson from the auction house told Metro that they believed the items had been given to McCartney’s former housekeeper and nanny Rose Martin about 30 years ago by his late wife Linda.
The family of Mrs Martin, who died aged 92 last year, had hoped to raise £30,000 from the sale of the items. However, auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “Unfortunately, the lawyers have claimed that Sir Paul would never have given any clothing away.
“Rose always told the family that it was Linda who had given them to her but, as both have unfortunately passed away, neither story can be corroborated. At the end of the day, we’ve got to make sure that, according to the law, we give them back to their rightful owner, be that Rose’s family or Sir Paul McCartney and MPL Communications (McCartney Productions Ltd).”
The cape was valued at up to £15,000, while the suit was estimated to be worth £10,000. The piece of paper, with the lyrics “Baby you couldn’t have done a worse thing to me, if you’d taken an arrow and run it right through me“, was valued between £1,000 and £2,000.
Other items up for sale at yesterday’s auction included the 1907 Bechstein Concert Grand piano (pictured above) used to compose the title track to the 1965 film Help!, which was also used by McCartney to compose ‘Yesterday’. The instrument sold for £57,500.
Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in Help! went for £54,000 and £61,100.