NEW YORK, July 19 (UPI) -- A New York auction of items once owned by late soul singer James Brown has earned more than $850,000 after a legal battle, Brown family members said.
One of Brown's daughters, Deanna Brown Thomas, said a South Carolina lawsuit unsuccessfully attempted to block Christie's auction house from selling some of the Brown collectibles, The Times of London said Saturday.
The presiding judge in the case ruled Thursday's auction could take place and it earned $857,688 through sales of some of the so-called Godfather of Soul's belongings, Brown Thomas said.
"At the end of the day, everything went," she said. "It's a very sad day for me and my family."
Among the items sold at the auction was an embroidered cape in black satin that once belonged to the "Sex Machine" star. The full-length cape sold for $47,500.
The lawsuit was filed after court-appointed trustees of Brown's estate announced in January that they intended to conduct an auction of the late singer's belongings to settle debts, the Times said.
Brown, known for hit songs like "The Payback" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," died on Christmas Day 2006 of heart congestion at the age of 73.