H-ARROYO GRANDE

Jan 19, 2011 9:38 PM by Nancy Chen

Pendragon magic gear sold at public auction

Going once...going twice...and props belonging to world-famous magic duo 'The Pendragons' were sold at an auction today.

Claude Yarbrough--also known as Jonathan Pendragon--and his wife Charlotte performed magic internationally; they were also famous for their legal problems.

Claude was sentenced to five years felony probation in April, accused of firing a gun into the floor of his Arroyo Grande home during a fight with his wife.

Two storage units Charlotte rented went up for sale today; the storage facility says the auction comes after she failed to pay fees on it since May of last year.

"She's a really sweet lady," said Todd Plastino, a partner for Fortress-Secure Mini Storage in Arroyo Grande. "She was more interested in us getting reimbursed for what we're out in storage fees."

More than 150 people showed up there, hoping for something magical.

"This is the biggest one we've had in this community in forever," said Clyde George, the auctioneer.

15 units were sold, two belonging to the Pendragons.

The auctions are a little bit about luck; bidders aren't allowed to physically go inside of the unit they're trying to buy, and so they could end up with just a lot of empty boxes.

The first Pendragon unit went to Ezat Darabi for $3,700; he came from southern California and was prepared to spend $5,000.

"I took a big chance of bidding on this," Darabi said. "Maybe I'll find some nice interesting stuff."

But he concedes the boxes could all just be full of nothing.

"They could be empty, too," Darabi said. "The case could be empty, nothing inside."

The second Pendragon unit went to Donna Simpson, an Arroyo Grande woman, for $350.

"I really don't need anything, but I just wanted to get something, you know?" she said.

The storage facility says all the money from those two units will go back to Charlotte after deducting what she owes.

The Pendragon units weren't the only celebrity goods up for sale.

A unit once rented by actress Yvonne de Carlo was sold for $5,000.

She played Lily Munster on the television series 'The Munsters'.

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