LOS ANGELES, CA. - Heirs of the late Lucille Ball and her second husband aresparring over the planned auction of some of the couple's prizedpossessions, including a Rolls Royce and some of the actress'awards.
Other items on the auction block are photos, sketches, otherpersonal items and love letters between Ball and Gary Morton, thecomedienne's second husband.
Morton and Ball were married until the comedienne's death in1989. He later remarried, and the items being offered for saleSaturday were consigned to Heritage Auction Galleries by his widow,Susie Morton.
She is now locked in a battle with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, thedaughter of Ball and her first husband and "I Love Lucy" co-star,Desi Arnaz, who want some of the items and her mother's awardsreturned.
Susie Morton sued Luckinbill on Monday to seek a judge's rulingthat the auction can proceed.
Luckinbill said Wednesday through her attorney, Ronald J.Palmieri, that if the items she requested are not returned, shewill go to court Friday morning to try to stop the auction.
Luckinbill wants the return of seven love letters, Ball'saddress book, some portraits and several lifetime achievementawards being offered for sale, Palmieri said.
"It is clear these are personal effects earned by a lifetime ofwork by someone of great stature in the entertainment community,"Palmieri said in a statement. "To demean their true nature, andprostitute their value in monetary terms, is insulting to Ms.Ball's memory and contravenes her express desire that these itemswere to belong to her daughter after her death."
Both Luckinbill and Susie Morton say Luckinbill was entitled toher mother's personal effects as part of the comedienne'sestate
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