Anna Nicole items up for auction, Dannielynn benefits
By Zorianna Kit
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Larry Birkhead, partner of Anna Nicole Smith and the father of her daughter, Dannielynn, is selling some of the former model's memorabilia at an upcoming auction for charity and his daughter's future.
Birkhead, a photographer who became a key figure in the media circus surrounding Smith's tragic death in 2007, said he doesn't need the money, but his daughter, now 3 years-old, does have "different needs" such as security and private schools.
"It's like, do I want to hold on to one of Anna's dresses, or do I want to try to help Dannielynn's future?" he told Reuters.
Birkhead said he has spent the last three or four months "buried in storage bins, archiving and cataloging" Smith's possessions. He created piles of items to be sold, and piles to be held for Dannielynn as keepsakes of her mom.
Up for bid at the event, held by Julien's Auctions on June 26 in Las Vegas, are big-ticket items such as a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster and several bronze statues, both given to Smith during her marriage to oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall.
Also on the auction block is Smith's furniture, as seen on her former E! network reality series, "The Anna Nicole Show."
Smith's Marilyn Monroe memorabilia -- items such as a Marilyn cookie jar -- many gowns she wore at red carpet events, and several of her own paintings also go under the hammer.
"You'll see Anna's love for the finer things, but you'll also see the down home girl that would paint pictures and carry little, fun purses," said Birkhead. Continued...