How much would you pay for a piece of music history?
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 which 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.
The news of an auction suggests more wrangling is to come.
Possible auction items, The Associated Press reported, include clothes, jewelry, boats and automobiles, possessions that were revealed in Brown's will.
An attorney for Hynie, a former backup singer for Brown, said some automobiles were given to her as gifts and shouldn't be auctioned.
"It's easier to divide money. and we don't know who will be getting what," attorney Robert Rosen said.
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.
Death has not brought peace to James Brown. His body was kept in a climate-controlled room at his home, and then at a funeral home, for more than two months. Now it rests until a mausoleum is built in a crypt at the home of his daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas.
Several people have come forward claiming to be Brown's children, and Hynie isn't the only woman claiming to have been legally married to him. There was even a dispute over who would pay the $70,000 funeral bill.
A former trustee who helped manage Brown's affairs has repaid $350,000 to the estate amid reports he may have misappropriated as much as $7 million.