Phil Collins' ex Orianne Cevey auctions off his gold LPs, awards for as little as $100 after ugly divorce spat
Orianne Cevey is reportedly auctioning off ex-husband Phil Collins' gold records and awards for as little as $100. Hoping to raise millions of dollars from the sale, Cevey has put up gold discs featuring Collins drumming on Robert Plant’s 1982 album 'Pictures at Eleven', as well as two gold records from the 1983 recording 'The Principle of Moments'. The albums have an estimated value of anywhere between $100 to $1,000, the Daily Mail reported.
Among other items in the 298 lots are Cevey's belongings -- her clothes, handbags, jewelry, and Rolex watches. The treasure trove reportedly also includes a 10.35-carat diamond that is estimated at $600,000 to $800,000. The auction is scheduled to be held on February 3 at Kodner, based in Florida.
A representative for Cevey told the newspaper that she was organizing her belongings to move to a smaller property and that she found the process "cathartic." Collins was presented the gold record of Robert Plant's 'The Principle of Moments' as it was released under his label 'Es Paranza'.
"Phil Collins Es Paranza Album Gold LP Award by WEA Music of Canada, Ltd," the product description on the website reads. "Presented to Phil Collins in recognition of attaining sales status of Canadian gold of the Es Paranza album 'The Principle of Moments August, 1983. Frame measures 20-1/4' x 16-1/4.'"
Meanwhile, a 'Pictures at Eleven' record that was presented to Collins to celebrate the sale of over 50,000 units is also for sale. Finally, an assortment of three awards Collins won -- including a Hospital Radio Basingstroke 1993 Music Award -- is on sale for an estimated price of up to $1,000.
Ten percent of the proceeds -- mostly from Collins' memorabilia -- will go towards the Never Give Up Foundation to support children and adults with spinal cord problems due to accidents or medical issues. According to Daily Mail, the charity was founded by Cevey and Collins, who suffers from a spinal injury caused by drumming.
Speaking to Page Six, a representative for Cevey said she decided to sell the aforementioned items to de-clutter before moving into a smaller home. "She is moving to a smaller home and getting rid of some of her clothing and jewelry that she no longer wears … I mean, after all, she does have 5,000 pairs of shoes alone and only two feet — she can't wear them all!" the rep told the outlet, adding, "Orianne found organizing the move very cathartic and went very Marie Kondo and got rid of a number of items that no longer sparked joy for her."
Cevey and Collins underwent a bitter public split after she married her 31-year-old boyfriend Thomas Bates last August. She initially refused to move out of the couple's Miami mansion before Collins, 69, threatened her with legal action and sold the estate. The jewelry designer had until January 21 to vacate the bayfront residence, per Daily Mail.
Collins, whose health has severely deteriorated of late, had previously accused Cevey of squatting at his property and demanded she and her boyfriend leave so he could sell it. Collins met Cevey on a European tour when she worked as a translator. The couple married in 1999 in a posh ceremony attended by the likes of Sir Elton John and Eric Clapton, before divorcing in 2008.