Signed O.J. Simpson Dance Recital Program From Night Nicole Brown-Simpson, Ron Goldman Killed Hits Auction Block

A very controversial O.J. Simpson “collectible” will soon be coming up for auction. Lelands is selling a signed O.J. Simpson dance recital program from the night his ex-wife, Nicole Brown-Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, were killed.

On June 12, 1994, Simpson and his ex-wife attended their daughter’s “Dance for Kids” recital. Following the recital, Brown-Simpson, her children, and other family members went out for dinner without the former NFL star.

Signed O.J. Simpson dance recital program
Signed O.J. Simpson dance recital program. (credit: Lelands)

Later that night, Brown-Simpson and Goldman, who stopped by her place to return her mother’s glasses that were left at the restaurant, were brutally stabbed to death. Five days after their murders, tens of millions of Americans watched the infamous white Ford Bronco chase live on television where Simpson and his friend, Al Cowlings, led Los Angeles police on a slow-speed pursuit that ended at Simpson’s house, where he was eventually taken into custody.

What followed was the “Trial of the Century,” where after 11 months of testimony and only four hours of deliberations, Simpson was found not guilty of murder. However, a civil trial jury found Simpson liable in the deaths of Brown-Simpson and Goldman and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families. They have never been paid.

Now, a piece of that tragic night when Brown-Simpson and Goldman were killed will soon be up for auction.

“Presented is an O.J. Simpson signed dance program from a ‘Dance for Kids’ presentation dated June 12, 1994, the notorious day of the murder of both O.J. Simpson’s wife, Nicole Brown, and of Ron Goldman, Nicloe Brown’s friend,” Lelands writes in the description lot. “The offered ‘Dance for Kids’ performance program is from a presentation called ‘Kickin Country,’ which took place at as listed on the program) Paul Revere Junior High School Auditorium, in Los Angeles, California. The program is on 8.5×11 yellow paper, and it is printed on both sides. There is no implication that Simpson attended the performance. Simpson signed the program in blue ink from a ballpoint pen. The signed program is in excellent condition.”

Several questions could arise: Should this piece even be up for auction? Should Lelands pull the auction before it starts? Does this cross a line since it brings back a tragic day for two families? Lelands told HobbyListings they will not be issuing a statement, but Jordan Gilroy, director of acquisitions for Lelands, spoke to cllct.com about the potential controversy.

“There’s a line we don’t cross, and this doesn’t touch that line,” Gilroy told cllct.com.

Gilroy estimated the item could fetch between $5,000 to $10,000. He says a young boy got Simpson’s autograph at the recital.

The auction begins May 5 and ends May 19.

Simpson memorabilia has been a hot commodity since he died last month at the age of 76 following a battle with prostate cancer. Just last week, an unsigned Bank of America credit card that once belonged to the NFL Hall of Famer sold for $10,675 in an auction.

Even though Simpson was acquitted of murder, he did end up behind bars for a separate crime. He spent nearly nine years in prison for taking sports memorabilia at gunpoint inside a Las Vegas hotel room in September 2007. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and other related charges on Oct. 3, 2008. He was released Oct. 1, 2017.

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