Holyfield files lawsuit against auction house to prevent sale of 'boxing memorabilia'

Washington, Fri, 02 Nov 2012 ANI

Washington, Nov. 2 (ANI): Former boxing world champion Evander Holyfield has filed a lawsuit to prevent the upcoming auction of some of his boxing memorabilia, including an Olympic bronze medal and the gloves he wore to fight Mike Tyson.

Holyfield, who filed his lawsuit in Los Angeles, is seeking an order blocking the sale of 20 of about 450 items set for auction on Nov. 30 by Julien's Auctions.

The lawsuit claims that Holyfield must 'consent to the auction of all the items', adding that holding back those items from sale would "not suffer anything other than a dip in income," Fox News reports.

"If, on the other hand, Holyfield is forced to sell those few items of personal property that have the very most sentimental value to him as he looks back over his career, and which he wants to pass down to future generations of his family, the hardship is overwhelming and irreparable," the lawsuit states.

According to the report, Julien's Auctions President and CEO Darren Julien said that his company had obtained an approval from Holyfield to list the items for sale in the auction earlier this year.

He also said that his company had worked for months to organize a world-class auction of Holyfield's memorabilia and other items that had to be hastily collected when the former boxer had to vacate his Georgia home.

It comes after it was earlier reported that Holyfield was flat broke despite banking 350 million pounds, half of it from his 57 fights, in his 28-year career. (ANI)

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