Lelands defends auctioning O.J. Simpson autograph from day of double murders

Auction house says item doesn't cross line in regards to tastefulness

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O.J. Simpson signed this program at his daughter's dance recital June 12, 1994. (Credit: Lelands Auctions)

An autograph O.J. Simpson signed the day of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman is being auctioned off at Lelands.

The signature is on a program from a dance recital at Paul Revere Middle School in Los Angeles, where Sydney, the daughter of Simpson and Brown Simpson, was performing.

The item is sure to raise questions about its tastefulness, and cllct contacted Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions for Lelands, to ask about potential criticism.

"There's a line we don't cross, and this doesn't touch that line," Gilroy said.

The consignor bought the program from Lelands in 2016 for $2,001 and then had it authenticated and graded by PSA, where it was graded a seven out of 10. The autograph was originally obtained by a young boy who was at the event, according to Gilroy.

Simpson died from cancer last month at age 76.

"Knowing that it sold for $2,000 eight years ago, that was a pretty expensive O.J. (autograph) back then," Gilroy told cllct. "I wouldn't be surprised if it sold in the $5,000 to $10,000 range now."

After the recital, Brown Simpson and other family members went for dinner at a restaurant in Brentwood, California. Brown Simpson's mother left her glasses at the restaurant. Goldman, who worked at the restaurant, offered to deliver them to her house. Brown Simpson and Goldman were found murdered early the next morning.

Simpson was acquitted of the murders in October 1995, but was later found liable in a civil case and ordered to pay $33.5 million to the families. Interest has since ballooned the judgment to $114 million.

Darren Rovell is the founder of cllct.com and one of the country's leading reporters on the collectible market. He previously worked for ESPN, CNBC and The Action Network.