IRS To Auction Peabo Bryson Possessions
Grammy Awards won by Peabo Bryson for "Beauty and the Beast" and "A Whole New World" will be among the items auctioned today (Dec. 5) and tomorrow to help pay the artist's $1.2 million tax debt.Grammy Awards won by Peabo Bryson for "Beauty and the Beast" and "A Whole New World" will be among the items auctioned today (Dec. 5) and tomorrow to help pay the artist's $1.2 million tax debt.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) auction in Atlanta will also include a grand piano, the keys to the city of Miami, several gold records, a soundboard and mixer, African art, hundreds of shoes, a large old-fashioned wood bed and a yellow-and-black spotted Italian jacket.
Bryson, 52, won a Grammy in 1992 for his recording of "Beauty and the Beast" with Celine Dion and another in 1993 for "A Whole New World (Aladdin's Theme)" with Regina Belle.
The IRS wouldn't say what the starting bids would be. "We would like for the items that will be auctioned off to satisfy the debt that is owed the federal government. Will they? We don't know yet," IRS spokesman Mark Green said.
All of Bryson's property was seized from his Atlanta home Aug. 21 for back taxes owed since 1984, Green said. Neither Bryson nor his lawyer were available for comment. "This is the last resort with any taxpayer," said Eric Erickson of the IRS.
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