Pieces of O.J. easy to buy online

first_imgThe auction house conducted a court-ordered auction of Simpson items in 1999 to help pay off a $33.5-million award won by the Brown and Goldman families in a wrongful death lawsuit. Simpson’s 1968 Heisman Trophy was sold for $255,500 to Tom Kriessman, a Philadelphia steel company owner who said he purchased it as an investment and to impress his girlfriend. But other items from Simpson’s home went for little more than their value as regular objects, Morgan said. The whole auction raised about $430,000. Many of the items being offered on the Web Friday were photographs, helmets and jerseys signed by Simpson long after the end of his football days. And even vintage goods offered on eBay, ranging from trading cards to magazine articles about his trial, seemed to have few takers. Bidding for a 1975 action figure of Simpson in football gear had drawn only a handful of bids. Simpson continues to make some money through autograph signings, although the amount is unclear. Last year, a judge in Santa Monica, rejected a bid by Goldman’s father, Fred Goldman, to gain control of Simpson’s publicity rights to help satisfy the lawsuit judgment. During the case, a Simpson attorney said his client made only a few thousand dollars through his appearances.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Yes, Simpson sells. Or at least, he’s being sold. O.J. Simpson memorabilia is readily available on the Internet these days, whether it’s a $425 signed Buffalo Bills helmet or an eBay-offered copy of his notorious book, “If I Did It,” for $13.99. An autographed USC football jersey was being touted by a sports memorabilia site for $629.10, marked down from $699. It’s hard to judge the demand for such items, but at least one person appears to want the memorabilia: Simpson. The football Hall of Famer-turned-celebrity defendant was under investigation Friday in an alleged armed robbery at a Las Vegas casino hotel room. Simpson says he went to the room to get back memorabilia that were stolen from him, including the suit he was allegedly wearing the day he was acquitted in 1995 of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Other items included his Hall of Fame certificate and a picture of the running back with J. Edgar Hoover, Simpson said. Simpson told The Associated Press that he was told the people who had the items hoped to sell them for between $50,000 and $100,000. That might have been optimistic. “I would be surprised to learn that his collectibles are increasing in value. Sometimes notoriety does increase interest in collectors but perhaps his notoriety is too recent,” said Levi Morgan, a spokesman for the auction house of Bonhams and Butterfields. “It could very well be that 50 years from today there is some cache or desirability” but at the present time there appeared to be little interest, Morgan said. last_img read more

Politicians push for AIB building to be gifted to community following meeting last weekend

first_imgDonegal county councillor Michael Mac Giolla Easbuig has argued that the now derelict AIB in Gaoth Dobhair now belongs to the people of the community as it was the people who bailed out the bank. Twenty people were in attendance at a meeting organised by Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig on Saturday 27th August in Ionad Naomh Pádraig, Dobhar. He organised the meeting to give local people an opportunity to recommend uses for the AIB building in Gaoth Dobhair, should the bank gift it to the community. In a very interesting meeting, a number of proposals were put forward for the building, including a youth drop-in centre, a wellness centre, a family resource centre and a co-operative venture to avail of the tourism opportunities offered by the Wild Atlantic Way.There were a number of objections to these proposals as well as support and one declaration of interest in purchasing the building as an investment from a member of the community.Among those present was Pearse Doherty TD, who revealed that he had already had a number of conversations with the CEO of Allied Irish Banks concerning the building in Gaoth Dobhair and that a further meeting between himself and the North West Director of AIB was imminent.There will be a further meeting of the group when the committee hears back from the AIB regarding the bid of €1 made by councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig for the €110,000 building. Politicians push for AIB building to be gifted to community following meeting last weekend was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AIBderrybegGweedoreMICHAEL MAC GIOLLA EASBUIGPearse Dohertyyouth centrelast_img read more