- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 19, 2004

Ca$h and carry


Music legend Johnny Cash’s guitars, Grammy Awards and clothing brought $4 million in three days of auctions at Sotheby’s Holdings Inc., more than doubling the auctioneer’s high estimate.

The New York auction, which concluded Friday, featured 770 lots for sale. A 1986 Grammy Award presented to Mr. Cash, who died last year, and to Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison and others, for the best spoken-word recording fetched $187,200, the most expensive item.

Sotheby’s, which doesn’t release names of buyers, had estimated the entire auction would raise $1 million to $1.5 million.

Mr. Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, approached Sotheby’s about auctioning some belongings in 2000. Mr. Cash renewed the discussions after his wife died in May 2003. Mr. Cash himself died just four months later on Sept. 13.

Their son, John Carter Cash, said he agreed to sell one-third of his parents’ belongings to pay estate taxes.

“There’s a little bit of sadness in the whole process,” said the younger Mr. Cash, a 34-year-old music producer.

No. 2 for Britney

Associated Press

Oops, she apparently did it again.

Pop singer Britney Spears married her fiance, dancer Kevin Federline, in a surprise ceremony, Associated Press reported yesterday.

The wedding was held Saturday evening at a private home in the Studio City area with 20 to 30 people attending, “Entertainment Tonight” said on its Web site.

Nicole King, a spokeswoman for BWR Public Relations, which represents Miss Spears, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The pop princess, 22, and Mr. Federline, 26, announced their engagement in June after dating since early this year.

It was the second marriage in nine months for Miss Spears.

In January, she married childhood friend Jason Alexander in a surprise wedding in Las Vegas. That marriage was annulled 55 hours later.

Miss Spears’ record label, Jive, later released a statement saying that the star and Mr. Alexander took a joke too far. The bride wore a baseball cap and torn jeans down the aisle and was escorted by a casino limousine driver.

Mr. Federline appeared in the movie “You Got Served” and performed as a backup dancer for singer Justin Timberlake, Miss Spears’ former boyfriend.

He was previously involved in a long-term relationship with actress Shar Jackson of TV’s “Moesha,” with whom he has two children — a 2-year-old and a newborn.

Lennon: the musical

Internet Movie Database

A musical about the life of former Beatle John Lennon is set to open on Broadway next summer — just months before the 25th anniversary of his murder. The show, titled “Lennon” and written and directed by TV veteran Don Scardino, will mainly include such post-Beatles songs as “Imagine,” “Give Peace A Chance” and “Whatever Gets You Through The Night.”

Previews are scheduled to begin in April at San Francisco’s Orpheum, the Internet Movie Database reports, before moving to Boston’s Colonial and then to Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre.

Mr. Lennon was fatally shot by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980 outside his New York home.

Double trouble

Associated Press

Anthony Anderson, the rotund comedic co-star of “Kangaroo Jack” and the original “Barbershop,” has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman who visited him on the set of his TV show last year.

The actor, who also is facing rape charges in Tennessee, denied both allegations.

The latest accusation came in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The woman claimed that she was trying to land a job on Mr. Anderson’s now-defunct TV series “All About the Andersons” when she was assaulted on Sept. 18, 2003.

Mr. Anderson, 33, a former Howard University student, was charged in July with raping a Memphis woman who was an extra in the film “Hustle and Flow,” which is still in production. He is free on $20,000 bail.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff and wire reports.

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