A sale of cartoon drawings by Sir Paul McCartney has been put on hold after a last-minute intervention by the Beatles legend's lawyers over an ownership issue.
The cartoons were created by the Let It Be hitmaker in the 1970s when he was working on a semi-animated film, The Bruce MCMouse Show.
They were due to go up for auction on Thursday (16Jun11) but lawyers representing the star stepped in at the eleventh hour, arguing the drawings still belong to MCCartney.
Seller Maggie Thornton is the daughter of late animator Eric Wylam, and is adamant her father was given the pictures by the rocker almost 40 years ago.
She says, "My father was given a pile of scrap paper covered in rough drawings and I always believed they belonged to my father."
But auctioneer Chris Albury, who was due to oversee the sale, tells the Bbc, "The lawyers say they're still Paul MCCartney's property as the film was made by his company Mpl Communications. As such 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. But this is contrary to what Maggie believes and what her father always told her.
"As far back as March we were emailing, writing and sending scans of all the images (to MCCartney's lawyers) explaining where they'd come from and asking whether there was any good reason why they shouldn't be sold and we heard nothing."
The cartoons were expected to sell for around $40,000 (£25,000).