CNBC show examines authenticity of James Brown cape



The March 26 episode of the new CNBC cable network series Treasure Detectives will investigate the authenticity of a cape bought at an estate sale claiming to belong to late soul music singer James Brown.

The show will air at 9 p.m. and repeat at midnight. The second half of the show will focus on a guitar believed to have been owned by musician Les Paul.

An eight-person crew from the CNBC program came to Augusta on Feb. 28 from Los Angeles and spent the day filming in the James Brown section of the Augusta Museum of History and other places downtown.

Among those interviewed for the segment were Brown’s daughter Deanna Brown Thomas, who also serves on the museum’s board of directors, Brown’s “cape man,” Danny Ray, and The Augusta Chronicle’s music columnist, Don Rhodes, the author of a biography about Brown.

The owner of the cape claims to have bought it at an auction of items from the estate of TV personality Dick Clark.

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