*Evander Holyfield is seeking a court order to block the sale of several memorabilia items, including his Olympic bronze medal and the gloves he wore during his bout with Mike Tyson – when his ear was bitten.
The former heavyweight champion agreed to auction off 450 items in a bid to overcome financial problems that forced him to vacate his Georgia estate, which was foreclosed in July.
Holyfield insists he identified 20 of the items which he does not wish to sell after receiving an inventory from Julien’s Auctions, but claims they failed to remove the lots from the catalogue. He also states the auction house offered to remove eight of the items from the list but they were never returned to the boxer.
Holyfield has since filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Federal Court to prevent Julien’s Auctions from selling the 20 items at the end of this month, alleging holding the lots back from sale would not cost the auction house “anything other than a dip in income.”
The legal papers state, “If, on the other hand, Holyfield is forced to sell those few items of personal property that have the very most sentimental value to him as he looks back over his career, and which he wants to pass down to future generations of his family, the hardship is overwhelming and irreparable.”
Holyfield is seeking an injunction and punitive damages for conversion, unfair business practices, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract, anticipatory breach of oral contract, false promise, and misrepresentation.
Julien’s Auctions President and CEO Darren Julien says his company had approval from Holyfield to list the items for sale in a press release announcing the auction earlier this year. Julien claims Holyfield has been advanced hundreds of thousands of dollars for the auction items.
*A letter that Michael Jackson wrote to ex-girlfriend Lisa Marie Presley describing his inability to sleep has been removed from the set of lots up for action after Presley complained.
The famous daughter of Elvis Presley was the recipient of a rather unnerving letter from MJ sometime between 1993 and 1996, in which the King of Pop described the beginnings of a sleep issue that would eventually lead to his death.
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“Smell here [arrow with box] Lisa I truly need this rest I haven’t slept litterally [sic] in 4 days now,” the letter reads. “I need to be away from phones and Business people. I must take care of my health first Im’ [sic] crazy for you Love Turd.”
The letter was due to be up for auction but Presley has called for it to be pulled, according to TMZ. The letter suggests that Jackson had struggled with sleep deprivation for years before he eventually hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave him Propofol – the drug that killed him in 2009.
The auctioneer Darren Julien said, “I’m assuming it’s a personal nature, and we wanted to honor the request and continue our good relationship with Ms. Presley.”
*Some of Whitney Houston’s belongings – including a pair of earrings and a vest that she wore in the 1992 movie “The Bodyguard” – will go on the auction block next month.
The items, swooped up by celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien after her Feb. 11 death, will be included in the Hollywood Legends auction, which will be held at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on March 31 and April 1.
The Houston items up for sale include several dresses, including a floor-length, black velvet dress owned by the singer and valued at $1,000-$2,000. (The vest and faux-pearl earrings that Houston wore in her breakthrough film “The Bodyguard” are valued at $400-600 and $600-$800, respectively.)
The Hollywood Legends auction will also include memorabilia such as Charlie Chaplin’s cane, the jacket that Clark Gable wore in “Gone With the Wind,” and the staff that Charlton Heston used in the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments.”
Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on February 11, prior to Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammys party. The singer was found submerged in her bathtub by a member of her personal staff, and emergency responders were unable to revive her. Houston was 48.
The singer was buried in at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J. — next to her father, who died in 2003 — on Sunday. On Saturday, an invitation-only funeral service for Houston at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. — which Houston attended and sang at as a child — included tributes from Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Houston’s producer Clive Davis and others.
A cause of death has not yet been announced, pending the results of a toxicology test.
Michael Jackson's "Bad Tour" glove is seen during the preview day of the "Icons and Idols" auction at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.
*Items from the Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe, including one of the King of Pop’s famous gloves, attracted furious bidding at an auction of celebrity memorabilia in Beverly Hills, reports the AP.
Julien’s Auctions says a lone glove worn by Jackson during the “Bad” tour in the late 1980s sold for $330,000 at the “Icons & Idols” auction Saturday night. A jacket signed by Jackson brought in $96,000 and a fedora he wore on stage went for $72,000 at the Julien’s Auctions event.
A Michael Jackson-signed "Beat It" jacket is shown during the preview day of the "Icons and Idols" auction.
Other highlights from the auction were an x-ray of Albert Einstein’s brain, which brought $38,750, and a pair of Marilyn Monroe’s empty prescription bottles sold for $18,750.
A military-style jacket worn by John Lennon for a 1966 Life Magazine photo shoot sold for $240,000.
Julien’s Auctions says the two-day event brought in more than $3 million.
Michael Jackson worn and signed black spat shoes are seen during the preview day of the "Icons and Idols" auction.
A costume made for Michael Jackson's pet chimp Bubbles is shown in this undated publicity photo for the "Icons & Idols" auction. Half the proceeds of the two-piece leather costume will go towards the care of Bubbles, now 26, who lives at a sanctuary in Florida.
The Icons and Idols sale on Dec 3 and 4 in Beverly Hills featured more than 650 lots of pop culture memorabilia.
Michael Jackson's Victory Tour glove
*In Las Vegas, bidders from around the world bought up Michael Jackson memorabilia worth nearly $1 million at an auction on the anniversary of his death, including $190,000 for the Swarovski-crystal-studded glove he wore on his 1984 Victory Tour.
The bidding that began Friday on more than 200 items was “unlike anything we’ve ever experienced,” said Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions, which ran the auction at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Some items, like the glove, brought 10 times more than their estimated value, he said.
“It just shows you Michael Jackson is the most sought after and most collectible celebrity of all time. It was just phenomenal,” Julien told the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Read more of this AP report HERE.
*The 22 pieces of furniture that Michael Jackson had custom made for his London home will be auctioned off for charity.
Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions says the items were intended for use during his “This Is It” comeback tour in the UK.
Among the pieces in the collection: a gilded red velvet sofa that seats nine, a leopard-print chair trimmed with ostrich feathers and a pair of velvet armchairs embroidered with gold eagles are among the offerings.
Fans can visit a re-creation of the home at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood casino from June 14 to June 25 before the items are sold at auction.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit two charities: MusiCares, which provides health care and other services for struggling musicians, and Joshua’s Heart, which aims to end world hunger.