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Italian Masters and Michael Jackson - An auction FEB 19, 2014

Post by Admin on Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:41 pm

Italian Masters and Michael Jackson
by Tom Nash

2/18/14

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Walk inside 1125 Grove Ave. and you’ll notice the Dutch portrait first. No one knows who the subject is. In the living room, an ornate green chair waits for its $6,000 price tag. Next to it, a stack of Italian master drawings depicting St. Paul and St. Anthony are wrapped in paper. The sale of Andrew Piretti’s estate is almost ready to go.

Piretti, who died in October, was a longtime Sony Music senior vice president. He lived in Richmond for about 20 years in this three-story Fan row house.

Upstairs, estate sale company owner Harry Davis tosses aside framed Celine Dion posters and a Michael Jackson tour jacket. He’s frantically looking for the real treasure, evidence of one of the World’s Most Interesting Men doing what he did best — throwing a party.

There it is: a framed rendering of Piretti’s plans for Sony Music’s 1998 Grammy Awards party. Davis, who’s opening up Piretti’s home Thursday, wants people to know that of all the items lying around the place, this rendering is one of a kind.

“If you met him on the street,” Davis says of Piretti, “it would never cross your mind that he had Michael Jackson’s cell phone number.”

Davis says guests at Piretti’s parties often had no idea he made his living planning parties for Sony Music’s top stars.

For Davis, this isn’t just another estate sale. Piretti was a friend. He was, Davis says, someone who flew around the world in a private jet collecting crystal with as much enjoyment as he received when reading to schoolchildren or cutting checks to Richmond organizations with the plea to “just keep it between us.”

“It’s difficult,” Davis says, choking up. “It’s meaningful. It’s very rewarding thinking I’m passing them on to people who will enjoy them.”

Davis notes that while one sculpture is worth $50,000 and generating interest from as far away as Saudi Arabia, there’s something here for everyone. CDs aren’t exactly hot tickets anymore and Piretti had thousands.

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TO GO

Potential buyers may arrive at 1125 Grove Ave. to take a number Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. The sale runs Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Buyers will be admitted in numerical order. Information under Phoenix Estate Sales at estatesales.net.

Inside Richmond’s garage sale of the century.

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Classic pictures of Michael Jackson up for auction in Richmond

Post by Admin on Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:59 pm

Here's more about the Richmond VA auction:

Classic pictures of Michael Jackson up for auction in Richmond

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
An estate in Richmond belonging to a Sony Music executive who passed away is going up for auction.

The estate of Andrew Piretti will be on auction from Thursday to Sunday. Memorabilia from Michael Jackson and other celebrities will be on sale, along with artwork and other collectibles owned by Piretti.

The memorabilia reflect Piretti's relationships with the careers of many of the music industry's greatest stars.

The estate is located at 1125 Grove Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23320.

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Re: Italian Masters and Michael Jackson - An auction FEB 19, 2014

Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:13 pm

Oh woah look at thay last picture!!! I'd kill to have thay in my bedroom! Lol thank you so much admin
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