Kevorkian suicide machine, paintings in NYC sale

Jack Kevorkian, seen here speaking during a news conference in Southfield, Mich.,Tuesday, June 5, 2007, died early Friday, June 3, 2011. The famed assisted-suicide advocate was 83 years old and died from a pulmonary thrombosis, when a blood clot from his leg came loose and lodged in his heart. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

October 28, 2011 8:55:42 AM PDT
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's suicide machine and other personal items are being sold in New York City amid a legal dispute between his estate and a suburban Boston museum.

Estate attorney Mayer Morganroth says 17 disputed paintings also will be auctioned Friday night, even though the museum has refused to surrender them. One was made in Kevorkian's own blood.

Images of the paintings will be displayed instead.

The Armenian Library and Museum of America says the paintings were donated by Kevorkian and they'll stay put until the dispute is resolved.

The estate has estimated their value at up to $3.5 million.

Both sides have filed lawsuits.

The assisted-suicide advocate died in June at 83. He left his property to his sole heir, niece Ava Janus of Troy, Mich. ---