Tom Petty Family Sues Auctioneer Selling Allegedly Stolen Items
Written by Logan Phillips on May 25, 2023
The family of Tom Petty is currently taking legal action against RR Auction House, allegedly they have sold personal property from Tom’s secured archive that they believe to be stolen.
RR Auction House recently listed a variety of items from Petty’s Vaults for sale. These items include jackets, vests, shirts, hats, jeans, footwear, duffle bags, guitar straps, posters, CDs, and vinyl records, some of which have Petty’s autograph.
At the time of writing, there have been multiple bids on several items. For instance, a black-and-white striped satin jacket from 1977 has a bid amount of just over $5,700. Additionally, a space-themed vest, similar to the one Petty wore at Live Aid, has reached a bid amount of $1,000. Other notable items with high bids include blue and white denim jackets, a 1987 Guns N’ Roses tour jacket featuring a customized name tag that reads “Tom — I’m With Axl,” a signed vinyl promo poster from the 1978 album “You’re Gonna Get It!,” and a pair of black Zodiac boots.
Tom Petty’s family, however, is strongly advocating for the immediate return of these items. They are urging fans and collectors to not bid on these items until the matter is resolved through legal means.
“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,” the family said in a statement. “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.”
“These items have irreplaceable sentimental and educational value for the family and legacy of Tom Petty and we look forward to their safe return,”