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Officials sue to stop sale of Stevie Wonder's Grammy

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A Grammy award presented to Stevie Wonder in 1973 is at the center of a legal battle as officials behind the music awards fight to keep the honor from the auction block in an upcoming pop memorabilia sale.

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Wonder received the award for his hit "Superstition," but the statuette has since found its way into the hands of Gotta Have It! Collectibles owner Pete Siegel, who is planning to sell it off.

Representatives from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, the body responsible for the Grammys, have taken issue with the sale and have filed suit against Siegel, accusing him of a variety of charges, including fraud, unjust enrichment and false advertising.

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It is unclear how Wonder lost ownership of the statuette, although reports suggest Grammy organizers are suspicious of how Siegel obtained it, which is among a 1,000-item lot also featuring memorabilia from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin.

The Grammy in question has been given a minimum starting bid of $12,000, reports the New York Post.

It is not the first time Siegel's star sales have hit the headlines. Last year, Lady Gaga contacted the firm to buy up a collection of her old belongings after a former manager announced plans to auction them off, while the FBI seized John Lennon's 1976 application for U.S. residence in October after determining the item was the property of the U.S. Government and could not be sold.

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Mar 28, 2011 5:46AM
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EweGene will be along shortly to advise on this matter.  No way she can pass this one up.  Wait for it ...... I think she's busy at the truck stop for the moment .....  AHAAHAAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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Mar 28, 2011 5:36AM
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Last year somebody bought the first Coffin Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in ...

 

As long as idiot people will pay for things that in realty have no REAL value ... people will find a way to sell them.

Mar 27, 2011 10:00PM
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Who Cares? MSN running out of news I guess. Anyhow I guess if it was stolen they have a case. If not it's just tough s#&^! "Oh my god poor Stevie lost his grammy!". If they are worried about it so much just buy the damn thing and give it back to him on some broadcast show. They'll probably pay 15-20 grand for the thing then charge that for 1 -15 second commercial for Oprah. No big deal!
Mar 27, 2011 8:15PM
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All these rich people that get these awards and then they sell them off should"nt recieve them in the first place.What needs to be done is the real trophy,should be put in a case so everybody can see them on display,at a museum or whatever.Give the recipent one made out of plastic,wood,whatever,like that they can"t make any money off of it.
Mar 27, 2011 7:46PM
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I bet Stevie never noticed it was missing.
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