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Pinkney auction attracts lookers and bidders alike

Posted 11/12/07

Right after Bill Pinkney's tour bus was sold during a Saturday morning auction at the late singer's Pine Street estate, dozens of people piled into the bus, and all for the same reason.

"I just had to see Bill Pinkney's bus," said Pam Gambrell of …

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Pinkney auction attracts lookers and bidders alike

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Right after Bill Pinkney's tour bus was sold during a Saturday morning auction at the late singer's Pine Street estate, dozens of people piled into the bus, and all for the same reason.

"I just had to see Bill Pinkney's bus," said Pam Gambrell of Sumter, checking out the master suite with her husband, Dwaine, who came to see some of Pinkney's well-known collection of cars.

Whether it was Pinkney's legendary status or just plain curiosity as to what the Dalzell native had in his home, at least a hundred people and dozens of serious bidders showed up bright and early, milling around his yard drinking coffee, swapping stories and angling to bid on part of history. Even a box of Pinkney's trademark Panama hats was on sale, a stone's throw from a line of Lincolns, Cadillacs and a shiny yellow Corvette.

Starting with a black 1989 Brougham Cadillac limousine, Rob Dinkins of Dinkins Auctions told the crowd the titles and keys were on hand, and all bidders could ride off with their purchase.

"You'll be ready to ride out at the end of the sale," Dinkins said.

"All right. What (do) you want to pay for it?" asked auctioneer Buddy Watts, perched on a three-step ladder with his speaker resting about waist-high.