February 23, 2014 |
After his death in 2011, Joe Frazier's children filled a Philadelphia storage unit with the heavyweight champion's personal belongings. They saved an oversize photograph of Frazier's knockdown of Muhammad Ali, a trophy celebrating his 1964 Olympic gold medal, and even the ring ropes and punching bags from Frazier's North Broad Street boxing gym. His 11 children planned to keep the collection for themselves. "But then we thought, what would our father think?" said Frazier's daughter, Weatta Collins.
December 2, 2013 |
Mike Turner nearly forgot about the tiny bedroom closet in his late father-in-law's house. Chick Galloway, a shortstop for nine seasons with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's, had built the house in Clinton, S.C., in 1926, the year Turner was born. Since the former ballplayer's death in 1969, two of Turner's daughters have occupied the Spanish-style dwelling adjacent to Presbyterian College's campus. Now his youngest daughter, in the midst of a divorce, is making plans to sell the longtime family residence.
June 12, 2013 |
THE LAST PLACE Kobe Bryant wants to be right now, besides watching the NBA Finals from home, is New Jersey. Lawyers representing the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said a settlement's been reached in a dispute with his mother, Pamela Bryant, and a South Jersey auction house over a hundred pieces of memorabilia he'd left behind. The results of the settlement are confidential, but Pamela Bryant, who received an advance of $450,000 from Goldin Auctions of West Berlin, Camden County, for her son's memorabilia, issued an official apology over the ordeal along with Kobe's father, Joe. "We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia.
June 3, 2013 |
Hard to resist a basketball metaphor in Kobe Bryant's sports-memorabilia auction case, where the trial ball is moving back and forth across courts, and across the country, at a dizzying pace. Two federal courtrooms, two federal judges, two cases - same issue. Hoopla, not hoops. All that's missing are the nets. On Friday, in Camden, U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb set the trial for June 17 in Camden, denying the Los Angeles Lakers star's plea to move the case to California.
May 12, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant has won a judge's order that temporarily blocks a Camden County auctioneer from selling memorabilia given it by the basketball great's mother. U.S. District Judge Andrew Guilford issued an order Wednesday in Santa Ana, Calif., that blocks Goldin Auctions L.L.C. of Berlin from selling or transferring property, including "basketball jerseys, championship rings, and other sports memorabilia" that Bryant says belongs to him. Goldin said in court papers that it expected to sell the items for more than $1 million and had advanced Pamela Bryant $450,000.
May 10, 2013 |
Memo to Mom: Don't sell my stuff, and by the way, it's not yours to sell. That, in essence, is the message in court papers filed Wednesday by Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant in response to a federal lawsuit by a Camden County auction house that is seeking to sell basketball memorabilia mainly from Bryant's youth. The items are being sold on behalf of his mother, Pamela. "I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction," wrote Bryant, who was drafted into the NBA directly out of Lower Merion High School.
May 4, 2013
An incorrect photo accompanied a story about the band Parquet Courts and band member Austin Brown in the Weekend section Friday. A current photo of Brown and the group appears above. A story Friday misstated the value of Kobe Bryant sports memorabilia planned for an auction in June. His items would fetch at least $1 million, according to an auction expert, out of a possible auction total of $2.5 million. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
January 26, 2013
More than a generation after the historic "Miracle On Ice" game in the 1980 Winter Olympics, 58-year-old Mike Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick, and other Olympic paraphernalia. Eruzione's white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million, but some sports memorabilia experts think it could go considerably higher. Eruzione scored the sensational winning goal against the Soviet hockey team in Lake Placid, N.Y., catapulting the Americans toward the gold medal.
January 20, 2013
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. - A trove of memorabilia from Studio 54 is going up for bid Saturday in an auction that is resurrecting those long-ago nights at the iconic 1970s clubhouse with a legacy greater than its lifespan. Mementos kept by the late Studio 54 co-owner Steve Rubell, including paparazzi photographs, letters and artwork once belonging to the New York club's A-list guests, are being auctioned off here. The items give a fascinating glimpse of life at 54: author Fran Lebowitz shoulder-to-shoulder with pop artist Andy Warhol.
December 27, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - James Comisar is the first to acknowledge that people have questioned his sanity for spending the better part of 25 years collecting everything from the costume George Reeves wore in the 1950s TV show Superman to the entire set of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson . Then there are the pointy Spock ears Leonard Nimoy wore on Star Trek and the guns Tony Soprano used to rub out a mob rival on The Sopranos . ...