Tom Petty’s Family Accuses Auction House of Selling Stolen Items and Is Pursuing Legal Action

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The family of rock legend Tom Petty is pursuing legal action against the RR Auction House, claiming that they are auctioning off stolen items that once belonged to the musician.

On the RR Auction House website, there are many Tom Petty-related items currently listed for auction, with many of these items being clothing related.

Over on the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Facebook page, a statement has been posted regarding the family’s belief that the items the auction house is selling have actually been stolen from a “secured archive.”

That statement reads as follows:

“The family of Tom Petty is pursuing swift legal action against RR Auction house. The house has announced a current auction of personal property of Petty’s that the entire family firmly believes has been outright stolen from a secured archive based on prior knowledge, staff observations and documentation. The family is pursuing all available legal action for the immediate return of these items, and they ask that fans and collectors refrain from participating in this auction until the matter is settled to avoid getting further involved in this legal action.

‘We believe RR Auction, headquartered in Boston, is offering stolen Tom Petty memorabilia with a completely false provenance inaccurate to fact and in complete denial of clear evidence they have been presented. They will not disclose the cosigner who has provided these items or how they were acquired. But they are clearly stolen, there is no other word for it.’

“The missing articles include the personal items and items from the professional career of their beloved Tom Petty —all with an established provenance in the Petty family’s secure storage —which include jackets, hats, vests, boots, shirts, shoes, autographed items and recent exclusive limited editions easily traced back to family members and more. ‘These items have irreplaceable sentimental and educational value for the family and legacy of Tom Petty and we look forward to their safe return.'”

These are some very serious allegations coming from Tom Petty’s family.

We will keep you posted on this story as more details arrive.

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