- The Washington Times - Monday, September 17, 2007

Easy Rider’ auction

Peter Fonda is auctioning off some of his memorabilia from “Easy Rider,” including the American flag taken from the back of the jacket he wore throughout the film.

Mr. Fonda, who was producer, co-writer and co-star of the groundbreaking 1969 movie, “just decided it was time to share some of his treasures with collectors and fans,” said Doug Norwine, director of music and entertainment memorabilia at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas.

The flag has an estimated value of $50,000. Other items up for auction Oct. 6 will include a Department of Defense pin that adorned the jacket, Mr. Fonda’s gold record for the film’s soundtrack album and his collection of six movie posters, including those for “Easy Rider” and “Ulee’s Gold.” In one scene from 1969’s “Easy Rider,” Mr. Fonda’s character throws away his wristwatch — but it wasn’t the Rolex Mr. Fonda wore in the movie’s earliest scenes, which is part of the auction.

“There was no way Peter was going to risk damaging the watch, naturally, so a different one was used for the scene where his character tosses it away,” the catalog listing explains.

Dress recovered

Carol Channing’s signature dress, a shimmery number she wore in the stage production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” was recovered Friday night after being stolen from a Hollywood hotel.

A man found an abandoned bag containing the dress at a Hollywood park and turned it over to authorities, said Officer Jason Lee, a Los Angeles police spokesman. The man was not identified.

The dress was in police custody and would be returned to Miss Channing once the investigation was completed, Officer Lee said.

The 86-year-old actress and her husband were checking into the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel on Thursday when a man swiped one of her bags from a bell cart in the lobby. Miss Channing told police it was valued at $150,000.

Her representative told the celebrity Web site TMZ.com the dress was on its way to the Smithsonian Institution for an exhibit.

Along with her platinum bob and distinctive voice, Miss Channing was known for her role as Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and as Dolly Gallagher Levi in “Hello Dolly.”

Sealed documents

Britney Spears’ lawyer wants to seal all court papers in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline over their two small sons.

Attorney Laura A. Wasser filed a motion Friday asking a Superior Court commissioner to make permanent a conditional order to seal all documents dealing with custody. It was filed in response to a motion by People magazine and TV station seeking to unseal some of the papers.

“This is the perfect instance to stop the madness,” Ms. Wasser said in court. Mr. Federline’s attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan agreed with Wasser’s motion.

Commissioner Scott Gordon heard arguments Friday but put off ruling on the issue until a hearing set for today on Mr. Federline’s request to gain a bigger share of custody.

Representing People and KNBC-TV, lawyer Alonzo Wickers cited a pair of cases that he said show family law documents, even those involving custody, need not be kept entirely private.

“No statute says custody-related documents should be broadly sealed,” Mr. Wickers said.

The singer married Mr. Federline in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November, and the divorce became official July 30. The two have joint custody of sons Sean Preston, who turned 2 on Friday, and Jayden James, who turned 1 on Wednesday.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.

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