An online auction of Paris Hilton's jewelry may be halted after internet auction site eBay was threatened with legal action. The 33-piece private collection, including a tiara, a bra-chocker set and crystal-encrusted "SEX" pendant, is being sold on the site by a seller only known as 'chironclub'.
David Hans Schmidt has come forward claiming to be the rightful owner and his attorney, James Bell, has sent the site a cease and desist letter demanding they stop the sale.
Schmidt, nicknamed the 'Sultan of Sleaze' because of the links to the pornography industry, says he bought the jewelry as part of a larger collection of the star's belongings for $2,775.
The collection was originally auctioned off after Paris' Los Angeles storage unit - which contained jewelry, clothing, furniture, journals and videotapes - was seized after the 'Stars Are Blind' singer allegedly failed to pay her monthly fee.
Schmidt is said to be in negotiations with several major US companies, including a leading health and fitness organization, to trade the items for promotional services to be rendered by Paris. The eBay auction was due to run until Sunday (August 7, 2006), with the starting price for all lots $20.
The auction description reads: "Now up for sale is a huge collection of costume jewellery that previously belonged to...oh, yes! to a super-extra-hyper famous public personality and young lady - PARIS HILTON."