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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith's diaries for over half a million dollars!

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two diaries written by Anna Nicole Smith have sold on online auction site eBay for more than $500,000 (255,00 pounds) to a German man planning to use them as the basis of a book, according to the memorabilia house that sold them.

Jeff Woolf, co-partner and auction director at Universal Rarities in Corona, California, said the diaries, from 1992 and 1994, were found a few years ago by a man cleaning out a house in Los Angeles where Smith stayed during a filming

He sold the diaries to a memorabilia collector who runs a shop on Hollywood Boulevard who came forward with the diaries after the mystery death of the former Playmate in a Florida hotel on February 8 at the age of 39.

In the 1992 diary, which has the words "I follow my own star" on the cover, Woolf said Smith confesses: "I hate for men to want sex all the time. I hate sex." This diary sold for about $285,000.

In the second diary Smith writes about the illness of her billionaire husband Howard Marshall, who died in 1995 at the age of 90, with a religious awakening with lots of references to Jesus. This sold for about $230,000.

Woolf said the demand for Smith memorabilia had been overwhelming following her death so the price realised for these diaries was not that surprising.
"I don't think I've had the luck of being in such a situation, where the timing was really that perfect as far as the peak of someone's popularity in the news," he told Reuters.
"The gentleman who bought them required to be anonymous but I can tell you he is from Germany and has the intention of making a book out of them and doing some things in the publishing world."

The long-awaited results of an autopsy on Smith will be made public on Monday by a Florida medical examiner.

Her death triggered a bitter and highly publicised legal feud over her remains and the custody of her 6-month-old daughter, Dannielynn, who might one day inherit millions.

Smith was buried in the Bahamas on March 2.

Her longtime companion and lawyer, Howard K. Stern, is listed as the father on her daughter's birth certificate but several other men, including Los Angeles photographer Larry Birkhead, also claim to be the father and the paternity issue is still being fought in the courts.

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