The family of the late INXS singer Michael Hutchence have been criticised for selling his personal effects on eBay. Selling under the ID lilytigerlily – said to be a reference to Heavenly Hiraani Tiger Lily, Hutchence’s daughter with Paula Yates – the singer’s sister Tina Hutchence listed a page of handwritten lyrics, “written on an 8-inch by 12-inch page in Michael Hutchence’s scratchy handwriting, torn out of a notebook.” The auction started at $300, but was pulled by the seller.
Lilytigerlily later gave away her identity on the , Is That It?, bought, she said, “while I was researching my book Just a Man on my brother Michael Hutchence”. The book sold for 99c.
Last year, Hutchence’s brother Rhett defended his sale of items including a personal fax from Michael to Kylie Minogue, saying that he was trying to raise money to move to the Netherlands to be with his girlfriend.
Well, I don’t see what the problem is. They are just normal people, the fact that they are selling something that may have collectable value is no worse than selling the autograph of say, David Beckham, that you queued up for…
Who the hell do they think they are sticking their self righteous oar in?
Michaels sister (or whoever it is for that matter) can do what the hell she likes with possessions that are connected to someone who is dead. Has anyone ever thought that they may actually be causing her pain, or that she wants someone to be able to appreciate them more than she could.
Even if the reason is that she is selling, is because she is a bit low on cash and wants the money to buy a yacht, then good luck to her, it’s still her own blinking business.
This kind of invasive journalism
Wow. That is the sort of stuff I would sell – not only to make my living, but also to make sure the stuff was preserved by a genuine collector (particularly lyrics on torn paper), and not thrown away, discarded or burned.
“…sold for a pathetic 99 cents” is not journalism, the bias shown throughout the article is the standard of a low grade blog entry. I wonder what the attitude to an auction of the same material through Christies would have been.
Hmmm, Kevin (My post is also biased, so I guess this is a low grade blog entry 😆 )
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