A piece in today’s Times:
The former wife of Phil Collins, who split from the pop star after she married her boyfriend, is selling some of his gold records and awards.
The pair had reconciled after the Genesis drummer paid her a then record £25 million divorce settlement in 2008. Last August, however, Orianne Cevey married Thomas Bates in Las Vegas after saying she was going away “on business”, a source close to Collins said.
She initially refused to move out of Collins’s Florida home. Ms Cevey, a jewellery designer, and her husband left the mansion this month after a court order.
She now hopes to raise millions of pounds from the sale of items including from her collection of 5,000 shoes. The items include gold records featuring Collins drumming on Robert Plant’s 1982 album Pictures at Eleven and two gold records from the 1983 recording The Principle of Moments. Each of the albums has an estimated value of $100 to $1,000.
A link to the online auction catalogue, including framed awards received by Collins, has been removed.
The auction states that 10 per cent of the proceeds from some items, including the Collins’ memorabilia, will be donated to the Never Give Up Foundation for help for children and adults with spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents or medical problems.
The charity was founded by Mr Cevey and Collins, who suffers severe pain because of a spinal injury caused by drumming,
Other items in the 298 lots include Ms Cevey’s clothes, handbags, jewellery and watches. A 10.35-carat diamond is estimated at $600,000 to $800,000. The auction at Kodner, based in Florida, is scheduled to be held on February 3.
A representative of Ms Cevey told the Page Six website: “She is moving to a smaller home and getting rid of some of her clothing and jewellery 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.” [J4MB: Did she previously have 2,500 feet?]
“Orianne found organising the move very cathartic and went very Marie Kondo and got rid of a number of items that no longer sparked joy for her.”
Collins, 69, had threatened to take legal action to evict Ms Cevey, 46, after she allegedly refused to leave his mansion in Miami last October.
The pair met when she worked as a translator on a European tour. They were married in 1999, in a ceremony attended by Sir Elton John and Eric Clapton, and divorced in 2008.
Ms Cevey and their children, Matthew, now 15, and Nicholas, now 19, moved to Miami in 2008 with Charles Mejjati, an investment banker ith whom she had another son.
Collins, who is worth an estimated £140 million according to The Sunday Times Rich List, moved to Miami in 2015 to be closer to his sons and resumed his relationship with Ms Cevel.
A source close to Collins told The Times: “He was devastated when he found out that she had been seeing this young man and then married in secret.”
He has now put the six-bedroom home on the market for $40 million.
You can subscribe to The Times here.
Our last general election manifesto is here.
If everyone who read this gave us £5.00 – or even better, £5.00 or more, monthly – we could change the world. £5.00 monthly would entitle you to Bronze party membership, details here. Benefits include a dedicated and signed book by Mike Buchanan. Click below to make a difference. Thanks.