August 20, 2001 02:18 PM

Patsy Cline fans can get a little closer to the late country crooner: a pair of Tennessee brothers are selling pieces of the airplane that crashed in 1963, killing the 30-year-old country singer.The brothers plan to sell the belly and tail of the Piper Comanche on eBay on beginning Sept. 1, reports the Associated Press. Eric and Scott Mills, of Jackson, Tenn., say their father paid a family acquaintance $20 for the tail and “an undisclosed amount” for a portion of the belly in 1978. The brothers have started bidding at $50,000. The auction will last 10 days. The landing gear and a clock on the plane are housed at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Cline’s plane crashed while flying through stormy skies March 5, 1963, near Camden, Tenn. Cline, famous for such hits as “Crazy,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walkin’ After Midnight,” was 30 and at the height of her popularity when she died.

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