Paul McCartney Blocks Auction Of His Old Items
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.21.2014
He put a stop to the unauthorized auction...
Paul McCartney has blocked an auction of some of his old clothes and an impromptu lyric sheet. NME reports that McCartney's lawyers stepped in and blocked the auction by Omega Auctions in Liverpool, England yesterday. The auction house said that they believed the items had been given to McCartney's former housekeeper and nanny Rose Martin around thirty years by Linda McCartney; they included a cape, suit and a piece of paper with three lines of a song.
Martin died at the age of ninety-two last year and the family had hoped to raise money from the sale. However, according to auctioneer Paul Fairweather, "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 items were expected to fetch as much as £30,000.