Suit filed over alleged bogus memorabilia

February 14, 2008 2:36:51 PM PST
Heritage Auction Galleries has filed a lawsuit against a company it says provided bogus Hollywood memorabilia. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Dallas County district court against Mississippi-based L.A. Prop & Wardrobe Co. and its owners alleges fraud, negligent misrepresentation and breach of contract.

Heritage said last week that it was offering thousands of dollars in refunds from the items auctioned in April as the Ann Sothern Collection -- including items like a whiskey flask purportedly owned by Errol Flynn and a Humphrey Bogart engraved cigarette case.

Heritage said in a statement that L.A. Prop consigned at least $35,000 worth of "purported celebrity-related items with authentication/provenance certificates that turned out to be fakes."

Eleven people bought the 22 objects supposedly owned by the late Sothern, a 1940s movie star.

In the lawsuit, Heritage is asking for monetary damages.

A listing could not be found for L.A. Prop. Messages left with the L.A. Prop officials listed in the lawsuit were not immediately returned Thursday.

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