The Big Fish director says he can't vouch for the auction's items, including movie props

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated March 06, 2005 07:00 PM

Even if director Tim Burton’s hands were not legally tied, they wouldn’t be clapping for joy over ex-partner Lisa Marie’s decision to auction off his personal effects. In fact, he’s sent up a red flag.

“It recently came to my attention that a warehouse sale, claiming to include ‘previously owned’ items of mine, has been scheduled,” the Edward Scissorhands, Batman and Ed Wood auteur, 46, said of the auction, to be held next weekend by Estate Sales L.A., in Southern California.

“Allegedly, these items include props, memorabilia and costumes from various films I have directed, as well as some drawings of mine that were private gifts–never meant for public display or purchase,” Burton’s statement, released by his representative Leslee Dart, goes on to say.

“Since I have not been contacted by the sellers, it is important to note that I can in no way vouch for the authenticity of these items. I am completely against the selling of personal items in such a public way.”

According to a Web site for the sale, items set to go on the block include “furniture (Herman Miller, Noguchi, Knoll, Ashland & Hill), clothing (Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, YSL), lamps, ceramic kiln, fine crystal, makeup, electronics.” Also listed are “Tiffany & Co. sterling silver, movie memorabilia (and) props from movie sets.”

Burton and Lisa Marie, 36, who reached a property settlement in 2004, were a couple from about 1992 to 2001, during which time she starred in many of his films, including his 2001 remake of The Planet of the Apes. He has since been keeping company with actress Helena Bonham Carter, who also starred in the picture and is the mother to his 1-1/2-year-old son.