Scrushy vehicle auction finds many bidders

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Hours before 19 of Richard Scrushy's cars were to be auctioned off, hundreds had gathered to snap pictures, take notes and describe them to friends.  There were some serious buyers like one man who described his favorites.  "I got a couple I'm interested in.  The Mercury, the GTO," said one man.  There were others, however, like Alberta Hunter, who just wanted to look and be part of the crowd.  "I really wanted to see it.  I never been to {auction} before."  Right at noon, the bidding got underway.  "All right we're gonna start.  You bid on em.  You sell em," auctioneer Drexel Johnson told the crowd of more than 600 over a megaphone.

The bidding started with Scrushy's green 1929 Cadillac.  It went for 170 thousand dollars.  The next was his 1993 GMC Suburban that sold for $4,250.    Ron Stokes had come hoping to buy Scrushy's 2006 Mini Cooper for his son.  "He said, dad, go get that car.  I've got to go to school."  But within minutes of the bidding, Stokes was shaking his head...a sign he was done for the day.  "Too Rich for my blood," the accountant said. The car eventually sold for 26,000.  The crème colored Rolls Royce Corniche went for 119 thousand.  Daniel Levan says he bought it for his wife.  "We've were married 50 years in April," Levan said.  "It's late, but it's an anniversary present."   Tuscaloosa business man Stan Pate bought the 1995 hummer that was decorated with a patriotic theme, and Scrushy's name on the side.  Pate said he will now use it for one of his businesses.  "It doesn't add value or take away from it," Pate said of the vehicle once belonging to Scrushy.

Within 55 minutes, all 19 cars had been sold.  They estimated value was more than 850-thousand dollars.  That money will go towards a 2.8 billion dollar judgement Scrushy must settle.  There were two cars, the 2002 Bently and a 2-seater Mercedes that plaintiff's attorneys purchased.   They said they did so to make sure they went for fair market value.  Those cars will now be sold and put towards the judgement as well.  "Today selling Bentleys, Rolls Royce, Cadillacs..it was a visible sign of justice," said John Haley, the lead attorney for the plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit against Scrushy.  Wade Tucker, the man who originally brought the lawsuit, was on hand as well.  "I think this is the beginning of the end of Richard Scrushy in Birmingham," Tucker said.

There were a couple of Scrushy's family members who attended the auction.  In response to the event, one of them called it "disgusting."