LOS ANGELES — The husband of ailing, 94-year-old Hollywood star Zsa Zsa Gabor plans to sell her fur coats in an auction on his website, saying the cost of storing them is too expensive and he needs the money.
Frederic Prinz von Anhalt told Reuters that he pays for 14 of his wife's coats to placed in cold storage, and all will go on sale. Twelve are furs that Gabor stopped wearing years ago when asked to by the animal rights group, PETA, and given her current, bedridden status, she will never wear them again.
"I need the money and I need the cash," von Anhalt told Reuters on Tuesday. "And it (the storage) doesn't make sense because my wife is not going to wear them."
He said the cost of caring for Gabor is very expensive with round-the-clock home nursing care, and added that he has spent some $200,000 on medical equipment alone.
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The coats' storage, he said, cost $1,200 a month.
Late last month, Gabor and von Anhalt also put their Bel Air mansion up for sale.
Gabor, an actress who gained notoriety as much for her string of wealthy husbands as her acting, broke her hip in a fall in July 2010 and has been in-and-out of a Los Angeles hospital since then.
Earlier this month, she was treated for a lung infection and in January, she had her right leg amputated due to a gangrene infection.
Von Anhalt, Gabor's ninth husband, said the actress is doing as well as can be expected given her condition. He said she has lost much of her memory, but occasionally she can offer up a smile.
He hopes the sale of her furs might raise as much as $100,000. He expects to hire an auctioneer within a week. More information can be found at his website, princefrederic.com.
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