Brown auction items selected

AIKEN --- Hundreds of James Brown's possessions will be available for auction later this year, and the belongings up for grabs range from music memorabilia to cars to clothes.


Court-appointed estate representatives have selected 394 lots to be sold by New York auction house Christie's by Aug. 1, per a judge's order.

The list has already drawn objections from the singer's children and his disputed fourth wife, Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, who says some of the items belong to her.

In February, Judge Jack Early ordered that the singer's possessions and homes be auctioned off to pay mounting legal bills and overdue estate taxes. Court records show that the singer's estate is in financial trouble, and $1.6 million is needed this year alone just to pay bills.

The estate attorneys filed the final list of auction items late last week in Aiken County Court, and a tax appraisal done by Christie's shows that nearly $1.5 million in assets are at the singer's Beech Island home. The appraisal could indicate what the items might sell for at auction.

The singer's heirs were asked to submit a list of items they wanted held back, but a letter from estate representatives included with the court filings told the family that they've turned in an "extraordinary" number of requests that "do not comply with the Court's order."

Five of the singer's children filed objections to the auction list, and their attorney says in court papers that some items can't be sold as one lot and that some items cannot be found in the home.

The Christie's appraisal was attached to their objection.

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Court-appointed estate representatives filed a 29-page list of James Brown's possessions that could be auctioned off by Aug. 1. They include (appraisal value when available):

1974 Mercedes ($25,000)

1941 Lincoln Continental ($35,000)

1962 Red Thunderbird ($30,000)

78 pairs of shoes and boots ($15,000)

Photographs from Mr. Brown's career with celebrities, politicians, family and from his childhood (childhood photo valued at $1,000)

590 "accessories," which include ties, socks, underwear, scarves and gloves ($12,500)


The complete listing of items in the James Brown auction.

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