The estate of Dr. Jack Kevorkian says it intends to proceed with plans to auction 17 paintings by the assisted-suicide advocate despite a legal battle over the art's ownership.
Estate attorney Mayer Morganroth said Thursday he expects buyers will bid on the paintings even though the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Mass., has refused to turn them over.
The museum says Kevorkian donated the art in 1999. But Morganroth says the paintings were loaned to the museum but always remained Kevorkian's property. Kevorkian used a pint of his own blood on one of the paintings.
Both sides have filed lawsuits.
The auction is scheduled for Friday in New York City.
Kevorkian died in June at age 83. He claimed to have assisted in more than 130 deaths.