The New York Times called this auction "more tag sale than tribute." Heirs tried to block the auction, complaining that although they were given a chance to sort through Brown's possessions, Christie's did not honor their list. Perhaps the auction house was motivated by the commissions they foresaw on his medical bracelet, which went for $32,500, or the $4,800 hair rollers.
Christie's sale 2116 The James Brown Collection
- hi $47,500: lot 327 black cape
- lo $63: lot 299 Happy Birthday banner