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Auction of James Brown's Possessions To Include "Sex Jumpsuit"

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- An auction next month of some of the late
soul singer James Brown's possessions is expected to bring about $1
million.

A spokeswoman for Christie's auction house said Tuesday the more
than 320 items will go up for bid July 17. Sara Fox says Christie's
will post a list of the items on its Web site next week.

Items up for sale include a blue denim jumpsuit and a red 'Sex'
jumpsuit -- each estimated to be worth between $5,000 and $7,000. A
black cape worth at least $15,000 also will be auctioned.

Brown died in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006, throwing into
turmoil the future of his estate and trust. The total value of his
estate is still unclear.

Here's the official news release from Christie's.

On July 17, Christie's is pleased to present to collectors and fans alike The James Brown Collection. More than 320 lots from Mr. Brown's South Carolina home feature everything from his iconic stage worn jumpsuits and capes, to his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction award to handwritten lyrics.

James Brown's legacy has dominated the landscape of American pop culture for the past half century. From his prolific career as a singer, songwriter, performer and record producer to his activism on behalf of the African-American community and the less fortunate, his influence was both dynamic and profound.

Beginning his career in the early 1950s, Brown rose to prominence on the strength of his live performances, and string of classic R&B and Soul hits, including Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, I Got You (I Feel Good), It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World, Please Please Please, Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud, and Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine). He laid the foundations for genres like Funk and Hip Hop while deeply influencing international music like Reggae and Afro-beat.

His style, which influenced street fashion and generations of performers to come, was often imitated but never duplicated. Sale highlights include costumes such as a blue denim GFOS (Godfather of Soul) stage-worn jumpsuit from the 1974 concert preceding the Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire (estimate: $5,000-7,000); a red 'Sex' jumpsuit (estimate: $5,0007,000); a black cape embroidered in metallic thread 'James Brown' (estimate: $15,000-20,000). Other articles from Mr. Brown's wardrobe include groupings of sunglasses, hats, scarves, bow ties and shoes.

Over his lifetime, Mr. Brown was honored with dozens of awards and accolades. This sale includes over fifty such awards such as the Kennedy Center Honor from 2003 (estimate: $10,000-15,000), the NAACP Image award (estimate: $3,000-5,000), and Mr. Brown's 1986 Grammy for Living in America (estimate: $15,000-20,000).
Instruments reflective of his prodigious talents consist of guitars, organs, synthesizers, a tambourine, and a keytar. Especially noteworthy is Mr. Brown's Yamaha baby grand piano (estimate: $15,000-20,000) and his Hammond B-3 electric organ with Leslie speakers (estimate: $15,000-20,000).

Finally, the sale offers an array of Mr. Brown's personal effects including a childhood photograph (estimate: $500-700), a variety of handwritten notes and letters (estimates start at $300), Mr. Brown's personal stereo (estimate: $1,000-1,500), a collection of 31 records from Mr. Brown's personal archives from the 1950s-1980s (estimate: $8001,200), and a selection of furniture including a metallic green vinyl-covered demi-lune sofa (estimate: $1,000-1,500).


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