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Two years after the great James Brown’s passing, Christie’s is selling off the Godfather of Soul’s most prized possessions this Thursday in an auction featuring everything from his multiple music awards, well-worn hi-fi, and metallic green vinyl sofa to childhood mementos and photographs.

The big ticket items are his custom electric organ and baby grand piano at est. $20,000 – $30,000 and $15,000 – $20,000 respectively, along with dozens of jumpsuits in denim, polyester and other flammable fabrics (and all the colors of the puke rainbow) in the $5,000 – $7,000 range.

However we were entranced by a couple of the collections Big Brown amassed, including the keys to 11 cities he was presented with over the years (est. $2,000 – $3,000), and especially this assemblage of 83 pairs of shades he wore during countless concerts and debauchs – a steal at only $1,000 – $1,500. If only they could talk…

—J.P.S.

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Jared Paul Stern