Medical Bracelet With Soul Sells for $32K

James Brown's goods sell for $850K at controversial auction
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2008 8:11 AM CDT
This undated photo supplied by Christie's auction house shows a red wool jumpsuit that belonged to the late singer James Brown and is among 320 items being sold by Christie's Thursday July 17, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The personal belongings of James Brown sold for $850,000 at a bittersweet Christie's auction yesterday, E! Online reports. Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer provided the day's surprise by shelling out $32,500 for the medical bracelet Brown was wearing before he died on Christmas Day in 2006; the estimate had been $200 to $300. A full-length, black satin cape drew $47,500, and a jumpsuit studded with the acronym GFOS  $25,000.

The overall take on the memorabilia fell short of expectations. The late King of Funk's estate said it needed the cash for bills and taxes, but his children complained their requests to keep certain items off the auction block were ignored by trustees. "It's a very sad day for my family," son Larry said.