Estate of singer Charlie Rich up for sale

Associated Press • Aug 26, 2011 at 1:49 AM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The estate of country singer Charlie Rich will be up for bid, with everything from gold records to gold watches and cigarette cases on the auction block.The Grammy Hall of Fame member known as "The Silver Fox," Rich lived in the Memphis area for 22 years before his death in 1995. His wife, Margaret Ann, who died last year, moved to Germantown after his death.Ken Robison, who is conducting the estate auction, placed an estimated value of $250,000 on the Rich memorabilia, according to The Commercial Appeal. Two other estates will also be up for auction. Robison did not identify owners of the other estates.Hours of the sale are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.Inside the Rich home are gold records for "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl" that hang on the walls, while a closet holds Western-style stage costumes. A table is lined with gold watches, a gold cigarette case and jewelry including a $21,000 diamond engagement ring.The sale will be part of a combined estate sale at a house on Mud Island on Saturday through Monday, with the address of the sale to be posted on robisonfinch.com and estatesales.net at 9 tonight. The timing is a security precaution for "one of the highest-end estate sales held in Memphis," Robison said.The sale represents personal and public parts of the life of Charlie Rich, who once recorded as a session pianist for Sun Records during his 40-year career. Rich's family divided part of his estate, but chose to sell the rest."We all hate to part with that. Everything is a sentimental thing, but you can't have 5,000 pictures," said granddaughter Maggie Yelverton.

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