Although Erika attempted to fight for the jewelry, which she was forced to turn over to Thomas’ bankruptcy trustee in early July, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s possessions, which are believed to be worth an estimated $1.4 million today, along with pricey gifts Thomas purchased for mistress Tricia A. Bigelow, are now headed to the auction block.
According to court documents obtained by Radar Online on August 30, the trustee presiding over Thomas’ bankruptcy proceedings has requested permission to hire an auction company to sell the earrings, which Thomas purchased with settlement funds meant for his client, and other recently-recovered jewelry.
As the outlet explained, a “friend” of Thomas, who was not named in the report but is believed to be Tricia, was said to have turned over jewelry purchased by Thomas to the trustee — just as the retired judge’s attorney confirmed she did weeks ago.
“The pieces are a small Tiffany heart-shaped white gold and pave diamond necklace, a small Cartier gold and pave diamond necklace, a Bulgari pearl and diamond necklace, and diamond stud earrings approximately 1.75 carats each,” court documents revealed of the items, which the trustee estimates will bring $15,000 at auction.
“Justice Bigelow does not want anything even potentially connected with monies Girardi took from his client-victims,” Tricia’s attorney told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month, denying Tricia, who dated Thomas from 2012 to 2016, knew the gifts were purchased with embezzled funds.
Days prior, a separate Radar Online report confirmed that over 200 of Erika and Thomas’ belongings would be auctioned off in an effort to repay Thomas’ litigation lender, California Attorney Lending II Inc., the $6 million they are owed.
On August 26, the outlet said the items, which include a Steinway piano valued at around $60,000, rare paintings, and artist-made books, will be auctioned by John Moran Auctioneers & Appraisers. Online bidding for certain items starts next week, and the official auction will take place on September 21.
All in all, the belongings of the estranged couple are expected to fetch nearly $280,000, with 80 percent going to California Attorney Lending II Inc. and the remaining funds being dispersed to unsecured creditors.
Last month, Thomas’ brother and conservator, Robert Girardi attempted to keep certain items from being auctioned off, including an outdoor patio set with tables, chairs, and a sofa, a metal planter, a bedroom set, and the $60,000 Steinway piano.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season 12 airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on Bravo.
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