Larry Birkhead is putting up tons of Anna Nicole Smith’s personal belongings at auction in an effort to raise money to provide for their daughter, Dannielynn. Among the items being sold include a 992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, the furniture from the set of ‘The Anna Nicole Show’, scores of her dresses, paintings and her Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.
The timing of the auction is no coincidence. In March, a Federal Appeals court ruled that Anna Nicole’s estate would not receive any of the $300 million from the estate of her late husband J. Howard Marshall. Just last week, a Federal Appeals court denied a petition to reconsider that decision.
Larry Birkhead, who fought for custody of Dannielynn through a lengthy and public paternity suit, is raising Dannielynn as a single father, without any nannies or outside help. While Birkhead insists he doesn’t need the money, he acknowledges that the media circus surrounding Dannielynn has created a unique set of needs that must be met, such as security, and private school.
“It’s like, do I want to hold on to one of Anna’s dresses, or do I want to try to help Dannielynn’s future?” Birkhead told Reuters.You know, I have to hand it to this guy. He seems to have pretty good parenting instincts. Not only has he devoted himself to Dannielynn full-time, but sifting through Anna Nicole’s things and getting rid of some of it is probably a good thing for Dannielynn in the long-term. To inherit a mountain of her late mother’s belongings would be a lot for Dannielynn to process someday. Better that he edit it down to a manageable amount of meaningful things for her to treasure. And in the meantime, he might as well make some money off the rest of it.
In addition to providing for Dannielynn, some proceeds from the auction will go to the Anna Nicole and Daniel Wayne Smith Foundation.