Paul McCartney Drawings Auction Blocked

(Gibson) A set of drawings by Sir Paul McCartney, which were expected to fetch more than $40,000 at auction, will not be hitting the auction block after all, BBC News has reported.

The drawings, which were done by McCartney in the early '70s as prototypes for a part-animated film, were being sold by the daughter of animator Eric Wylam, who died in 1997. Maggie Thornton, Wylam's daughter, said the drawings have been in her family for 40 years. "My father was given a pile of scrap paper covered in rough drawings and I always believed they belonged to my father," she said.

On the eve of the sale, however, attorneys stepped in and asserted the drawings were, in fact, the property of McCartney. "The lawyers say they're still Paul McCartney's property, as the film was made by his company, MPL Communications," said Chris Albury, a representative of Dominic Winter auctioneers. "As such,[according to the attorneys], any work done by Paul or the team working on the film should have been returned to MPL or Paul at the end of its usage." more on this story

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