Tom Petty’s family sues auction house, says items are stolen property

Tom Petty performing with the Heartbreakers on the Big Top stage at the Isle of Wight Festival
Tom Petty performing with the Heartbreakers on the Big Top stage at the Isle of Wight Festival Photo credit Press Association

A huge auction of the Tom Petty’s wardrobe has been threatened, after the family of the late singer accused RR Auction of STEALING the singer’s property.

The auction includes Petty’s collection of hats, jackets, shirts, shoes, and more property taken from his Encino, CA home.

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However, the Petty family released a statement saying, “We believe RR Auction, headquartered in Boston, is offering stolen Tom Petty memorabilia with a completely false provenance inaccurate to fact and in complete denial of clear evidence they have been presented. They will not disclose the cosigner who has provided these items or how they were acquired. But they are clearly stolen, there is no other word for it.”

Mark S. Zaid, an attorney for RR, told TMZ, "RR Auction has been cooperating with the Petty family from the moment they reached out to us just days ago and will happily continue to do so without unnecessary hostile threats of litigation.  We take theft allegations such as these very seriously. Indeed, in the years I have represented the company, we have never failed to reach an amicable resolution when on the rare occasion items presented by our consignors turned out to have provenance concerns.

“We continue to diligently investigate this situation and have requested the Petty family to cooperate with us as well. That said, we also take seriously any defamatory allegations against our company, which has developed a stellar reputation over the last half-a-century of auctions, many of which are often in the news.”

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