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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Following the tragic death of Anna Nicole Smith, fans have attempted to catch a glimpse into the life of one of America's most followed celebrities. Tour groups have added Anna Nicole Smith's Bahamian mansion to their list of sights in the small Caribbean nation, her grave has garnered a significant amount of attention, and now her diary is the most recent hot-ticket item. The private ramblings of Anna Nicole Smith, pertaining to everything from men to sex to partying and even her dead cat, has been sold to a German man for more than half a million dollars, according to an auction house official.

The personal diaries of Anna Nicole Smith, one from 1992 and the other from 1994, have been sold on eBay for a hefty chuck of money. The 1992 diary was sold for $282,500 while the 1994 diary raked in $230,000, as well as a 20 percent buyer's premium. CNN has reported that the buyer of the Anna Nicole Smith diaries was an anonymous German businessman who plans to sell the information contained in the diaries to various media outlets. After selling tidbits of information to the highest-bidding outlets, Monsters and Critics reports that the auction winner will likely resell the diaries before year's end.

The auction company that facilitated the eBay sale has said that the "soap opera value" of the Anna Nicole Smith scribblings could be worth more than $1 million on its own, including the rights to publish scanned images of the diary pages. The 1992 diary is said to contain 26 separate entries from January to August, whereas the 1994 journal contains 30 such entries, spanning from January to July. One excerpt released to the media features Anna Nicole Smith writing about her ailing husband, J. Howard Marshall II, as she scribbled, "My husbands very weak. Theres nothing I can do. I want each hour to comfort him with medicines and prayers."

According to Jeff Woolf, co-partner and auction director at Universal Rarities in Corona, California, told the media that the two diaries were found a few years ago by a man cleaning out a Los Angeles-area house where Anna Nicole Smith had stayed while filming a project. The man then sold the two diaries to a memorabilia collector that owns a shop on Hollywood Boulevard. Following the death of Anna Nicole Smith on Feb. 8, the collector came forward with the diaries, wanting to sell them via auction. Woolf told Reuters that the demand for Anna Nicole Smith memorabilia has been overwhelming. "I don't think I've had the luck of being in such a situation, where the timing was really that perfect as far as the peak of someone's popularity in the news." As for the anonymous buyer, Woolf said, "The gentleman who bought them required to be anonymous but I can tell you he is from Germany and has the intention of making a book out of them and doing some things in the publishing world."

Autopsy results which will detail the cause of death of Anna Nicole Smith will be made public on Monday. Since Smith's death, a bitter paternity battle has broken out over the former Playboy Playmate's daughter, Dannielynn.