Inqlings | These Iverson items no giveaway

Posted: July 22, 2007

The Allen Iversons want a clean break from Philly.

Now in Denver and Atlanta in his post-76ers life with the Nuggets, A.I. and wife Tawanna are selling furnishings from their Villanova mansion rather than moving some of the big stuff.

Art. His-and-hers furs. Luxury-car wheels. A kid-size, gas-powered black Maserati. Arcade games. Designer clothing in women's sizes 6 to 10.

A select group of Main Liners was invited to a three-day tag sale last month run by Lisa Semerjian and Sarah Lopes, who handle ritzy sales through their Berwyn-based Art of Decoration (www.artofdecorationestatesales.com). Lower Merion police stood watch at the end of the driveway to bar the unwanted.

Over a catered spread, buyers snapped up prime examples of Iversonia, including his Pac-Man, Galaga and Donkey Kong games, and an all-terrain vehicle.

It's not too late to get in on this. Philly auction house Barry S. Slosberg lists a Sept. 6 sale of items from an unidentified "sports star's estate." Going under the gavel will be that Maserati; a garden statue; more furs (some with A.I.'s name stitched inside); a girl's bedroom set; art glass; original wheels from a Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ford Expedition (Iverson had them removed in favor of spinners); and the pair of bronze lions that stood in front of the Iversons' former abode in Gladwyne.

The Villanova mansion, for which they paid $5 million in late 2002, is not listed for sale, but I hear that offers are being entertained.

Dueling Bindis

Stephen Starr, planning to redo one of his Philly restaurants in an Indian theme, said Friday that he had been rebuffed in his attempt to name it Bindi, after the decorative forehead dot. His lawyers found that Australian reps of dead crocodile hunter Steve Irwin had trademarked Bindi - the name of Irwin's daughter - and would not grant him permission. (Starr won't say which joint will be redone, but signs point to Washington Square.) Center City entrepreneurs Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran recently announced Bindi as the name for the Indian BYOB they're building near 13th and Chestnut Streets. Contacted Friday, Safran said she'd consult her lawyer.

Briefly noted

Q102 Booker Show sidekick Diego Ramos got the day off Thursday. Suspended for divulging "plot spoilers" from the new Harry Potter book, thus setting phone lines ablaze with angry Muggles. Turns out Ramos made it all up. Lord Voldemort - er, Ramos - did not return my calls.

The one millionth ticket to the King Tut exhibition at the Franklin Institute was sold midday Friday to retired postal worker Jerry Gleeson of Bensalem, there with his granddaughter, Taylor St. Clair. They were showered with gold confetti, and he received a gift basket, a night at the Rittenhouse Hotel, a dinner for two at Lacroix, and a membership to the museum. By the Sept. 30 run's end, projected sales are 1.14 million.

The first 100 dinner patrons who show up Tuesday with no reservations at the Palm restaurants (including Center City and Atlantic City) will get passes for an after-dinner sneak preview of the Catherine Zeta-Jones movie No Reservations. Terry Hines Associates will transport Philly winners to the theater in a trolley.

Bain's Deli's "Broad Street Bully" was the top pick at last week's Sandwich Make-Off contest at the Bellevue's Gourmet Food Court. Still, judge Michael Nutter requested a "Turkey Diablo" from also-ran Ellen's on his way out.

Cinematically speaking

RuffNation Films alum Rich Murray and ad man/producer Tom Ashley have hung out their shingle as Invincible Pictures, a film production and distribution company that also will work with TLA Releasing. Murray, whose video credits include The Fugees, Spin Doctors and Kris Kross, says Invincible's first outing, shooting this fall, will be the horror thriller Inside Out.

Actor Farley Granger, 82, was here last week to get the artistic achievement award from the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and sign his memoir, Include Me Out. Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey, who had dinner with him and his partner/coauthor, Robert Calhoun, says Granger seemed surprised that the "grungy, provincial" city where he appeared on the boards in The Crucible and First Impressions is now "so spiffy and cosmopolitan."

Best of Philly

The "Best Philadelphian" in Philadelphia Magazine's new Best of Philly issue is Dorothy Johnson-Speight, who founded Mothers in Charge after her son Khaaliq was shot dead over a parking space. August issue hits the street next week. Among winners: The Inquirer's Annette John-Hall (for new columnist), WMMR's Pierre Robert (radio institution), WIP's Rhea Hughes (sports-radio personality), WXPN's Jim McGuinn (radio DJ), WPHT's Michael Smerconish (radio talk-show host), Fox29's Dawn Stensland (anchor), and CBS3's Alycia Lane (pen pal). The blurb for Lane: "How come hot TV babes never send us bikini photos?"

Inqlings | Top 10 Phillies Carols

For a "Christmas in July" promotion, the Philly Pops brass section will play yule tunes at the gates of Citizens Bank Park before Wednesday's Phillies game. Herewith, selections from the "INQlings" holiday songbook:

"The Twelve Days of Rain-Outs"

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Pat Burrell"

"Silent Night Game"

"We Need a Little Win Streak"

"Grandma Got Run Over by the Phanatic"

"Have a Holly, Rollins Christmas"

"Oh Little Town of Reading"

"O Come All Ye Middle Relievers"

"I'll Be Stealing Home for Christmas"

"Away, the Manager"


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Contact columnist Michael Klein at 215-854-5514 or mklein@phillynews.com. Read his recent work at http://go.philly.com/michaelklein.

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