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- Posted on Jan 17th 2011 12:40PM by Jenny Charlesworth
Fury's former landlord Mark Arrow is suing the gallery that auctioned off the suit on Fury's behalf on Jan. 1 for nearly $46,000 (£29,700), according to the Digital Spy website, in order to get the proceeds to satisfy an outstanding rent debt.
According to the lawsuit, a court had previously determined in 2009 that Fury owed more than $21,000 in rent for his former Manhattan apartment, information that was provided to Braswell Galleries in an attempt to stop the sale. Arrow's lawyers are now demanding the Norfolk, Conn.-based gallery pay at least $21,463.
Gallery co-owner Kathy Braswell declined to comment and Fury's lawyer did not return a telephone call on the matter, according to the Associated Press.
Fury has been an enthusiastic collector of memorabilia for decades, and has owned items related to the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe, according to news reports. He's no stranger to big ticket items when it comes to indulging his hobby -- in 2008, he reportedly snapped up a Durham, N.C. mansion that was the site of an infamous 2001 murder.
He first purchased Lennon's suit in 1996, then sold it in 2005 before repurchasing it in 2008, according to a timeline on the Braswell Galleries website.
The legendary outfit was made in Paris in 1969 by designer Ted Lapidus and became famous after the late singer was photographed in it on the pedestrian crossing outside London's Abbey Road Studios.
Lennon had passed it along to friend Richard Ross, owner of the Home club in New York. After Ross died, the suit was given to Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, before being sold in 1996.