TheState.com is reporting that attorneys managing James Brown’s estate said Wednesday that the late R&B and soul singer’s possessions will be appraised and auctioned in part to pay taxes.The court-appointed trustees would not say exactly what items would be auctioned or how much they are worth, The Associated Press reported.
Brown’s adult children and Tomi Rae Hynie, who claims to have been Brown’s last wife, will provide a list of items they don’t want auctioned.
Wives, children and executors have wrestled for control of the estate since Brown’s death Dec. 25, 2006, at age 73.
Possible auction items, The Associated Press reported, include clothes, jewelry, boats and automobiles, possessions that were revealed in Brown’s will.
The trustees plan to use Christie’s, a global auction house.
“It’s a wonderful way to present a positive image for Mr. Brown to have a wonderful celebrity auction to look forward to towards the end of this year,” said trustee Adele Pope.
Mike Love, program director and afternoon host at WWDM-FM Big DM 101.3, doesn’t agree.
“I think it’s sad. Elvis has a museum in Memphis,” Love said. “We have to auction off items from a legend in R&B music (to pay taxes). There’s got to be another way.”
There has been talk of turning Brown’s Beech Island home into the “Graceland of soul.” It’s not known how an auction of Brown’s possessions might affect that idea.
Hello, Negro says….Ummmm…that’s interesting. I would visit a Graceland-style memorial site dedicated to Brown. I’m sure it would include a hair salon where you could get your do pompadoured like James and Al Sharpton.