Scott Rothstein's attorney said that he will try to prevent the sale of photos of the disbarred attorney and politicians that lined his office walls.
An auction company plans to sell off all the items left behind from the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm at an auction Jan. 23.
Everything from the pens Rothstein could have used to write fake legal documents to the photo of himself blowing out candles on a cake with Gov. Charlie Crist to the massage chairs in the law firm's lounge will be sold at an auction next month.
But lawyer Marc Nurik said he plans to contact trustee Herbert Stettin Friday to tell him he believes the photos belong to Rothstein's family.
"We want to pick up those photos," Nurik said. "I don't know why his personal photos have to be auctioned off, and I'm going to talk to the trustee about that. His personal items should be returned to him."
Fisher Auction, a company owned by Pompano Beach Mayor Lamar Fisher, was chosen by the law firm trustee to auction everything remaining at the Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm.
Open to the public, the auction will be held Jan. 23 at AMC Liquidators warehouse at 3705 W. Commercial Blvd. The time has not yet been set.
"Everything you saw in his office" will be sold, said Fisher. "We will sell down to his fountain pens, his desk clocks."
On Dec. 1, Rothstein was arrested and charged with RICO and other offenses related to running what prosecutors said was a $1.2 billion investment scheme involving the sale of fictitious legal settlements. He remains in federal detention in Miami. A prosecutor said Wednesday a guilty plea is possible, although Nurik said no deal had been reached.
Fisher said he will re-create Rothstein's office at the auction showroom. The auction will include dozens of photos of politicians that lined Rothstein's walls, as well as sports memorabilia and the recently disbarred attorney's furniture. Also up for sale: items from the corporate lounge area, including an ornate wooden bar, massage chairs, a humidor and leather sofas.
Only one item may not be auctioned: the painting that concealed a large, flat-screen TV. Though the TV will be sold, Fisher said it's unclear if the painting itself is considered part of the walls.
"We are not sure if that becomes a fixture of the building or not," he said. "We are still talking to the landlord."
Rothstein's law firm imploded Halloween weekend when allegations surfaced that he had run an investment scheme. The law firm, headquartered at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, shut down within weeks and the attorneys scattered.
The auction will include items abandoned from that office as well as smaller sites in Miami, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.
FBI agents raided the law firm in November and seized 40 some boxes of documents but left many of the personal items belonging to Rothstein intact.
Fisher will serve as the main auctioneer. His highest profile sale in the past was the Miami Arena for the city of Miami. Fisher said his company does a lot of work in bankruptcy court and was asked by Herbert Stettin, the trustee, to submit a proposal.
AMC Liquidators, which will move the items to its site, will receive $38,000. Fisher's company will get $25,000 in marketing expenses and a 10 percent buyer's premium, which means each buyer will pay him 10 percent above the cost of the item.
The proceeds will be added to the bankruptcy estate and left in the hands of the judge to determine how it should be spent.
The auction site will fit about 400 people, Fisher said.
"I think you will have curious individuals from literally all over the tri-county area, if not national," he said.
The items will start to be moved next week, according to court records. The public will be able to attend at least one preview day, said Mike Grimme, CEO of AMC Liquidators.Copyright © 2015, CT Now