The heirs of the late Hollywood actress and comedienne Lucille Ball are fighting over a planned auction of her belongings which her daughter claims will “prostitute” the star’s memory.
The sale includes love letters from the “I Love Lucy” star to her second husband Gary Morton, along with her personal address book, the couple’s 1984 Silver Spur Rolls-Royce, and some of her awards.
The items are being offered for sale by the late Mr. Morton’s third wife Susie Morton, who was formerly Susie McAllister, a former professional golfer on the LPGA tour.
She is now locked in a battle with Lucie Arnaz Luckinbill, the daughter of Miss Ball and her first husband Desi Arnaz, who co-starred with her in “I Love Lucy.” The actress, who was known as Lucy by friends and family, became notoriously private in later life and Mrs Luckinbill is trying to stop the sale, which is due to take place in Beverly Hills this weekend. She claims the items were her mother’s personal effects and should have been distributed to her.
Mrs Luckinbill, 58, wants the return of seven love letters, her mother’s address book, some portraits and several lifetime achievement awards, and says she will also go to court in a last-ditch attempt to stop the auction.