Friday, July 16, 2010

Here’s Lucy

With the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans auction out of the way, the next big celebrity memorabilia sale will be that of comedienne and television icon Lucille Ball’s:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of Lucille Ball's love letters and awards will be sold at auction after a judge ruled to block the sale but imposed a hurdle that the comedienne's daughter cannot overcome.

While Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert O'Brien agreed to block the sale Friday, he imposed a $250,000 bond that Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill would have to pay to get a restraining order issued. Her attorney, Ronald Palmieri, said the amount is too high and can't be met.

"We won on a legal basis, and the judge took it away from us on an economic basis," Palmieri said. "That is very sad."

Luckinbill is the daughter of Ball and first husband Desi Arnaz. She sought the return of some of the items after Susie Morton, the widow of Ball's second husband, Gary Morton, offered them for sale.

Ball and Gary Morton were married until the time of the actress' death in 1989. He later married Susie Morton. She consigned several items to Heritage Auction Galleries, including a Rolls-Royce, some of the couple's love letters, photos and Ball's personal items. The items are scheduled to go on sale Saturday at an auction being conducted online and in Beverly Hills, Calif.

I guess we should be relieved that Gary didn’t have Lucy stuffed after her passing. I feel for Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, but let’s be honest—Morton, or as the French would call him, un dickhead formidable, used Ball as a meal ticket the entire time she was alive…why be surprised that he’s trying to cash in further even though both of them are dead?

Morton sued Luckinbill this week, seeking a judge's order allowing the sale to go forward. Luckinbill in turn sought the restraining order Friday.

Through Palmieri, she had sought the return of the love letters and Ball's lifetime achievement awards, which she said would be donated to a museum honoring her mother.

Heritage President Greg Rohan has said the auction house supported Susie Morton and had received documentation from her affirming her right to sell the items.

Susie Morton's lawsuit claimed that Luckinbill had forfeited her right to the items after her mother's estate was distributed.

My mother was promised a grandfather clock when her stepmother died—and she has about as much a chance of getting that as I do winning the Boston Marathon. I have a sneaking suspicion we haven’t heard the end of this sordid Luckinbill-Morton affair.

In other classic television news:

HONOLULU (AP) — A traditional Hawaiian blessing marked the start of production of the reinvented CBS TV crime series "Hawaii Five-0."

No…it’s too easy.

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Clara said...

This is just so sad. I wish Lucy and Desi hadn't split up.

Amanda said...

Totally depressing!