Gary Coleman‘s beloved train collection is being sold off — even though a court has frozen the Diff’rent Strokes star’s affairs.
A Utah man has revealed he spent $11,000 on some of the late actor’s collection in the days after his death, on May 28.
And Coleman’s agent, Robert Malcolm, has accused Coleman’s ex-wife Shannon Price of being behind the sale.
Robert Malcolm told RadarOnline.com: “People have told me that she (Shannon Price) is already selling Gary’s personal items.”
But Austin, who rang into a Utah radio station, insisted he did not deal with Price.
“I dealt with a neighbor… I guess one of Gary’s really good friends,” he said, adding to the intrigue.
“After Gary passed he just sold everything which I thought was weird.
“I gave him (neighbor) the money, I never saw Shannon, I never dealt with Shannon and I never met Shannon.”
The train heist follows reports Price profited from the sale of a shocking deathbed photo of Coleman during his last hours – an image that sparked outrage throughout the world.
She also reportedly entered the home the couple shared in Santaquin, Utah, and took some of Coleman’s belongings.
But when quizzed about whether she was behind the sale of the train collection, Price’s agent told us: “Nothing at all has been sold. It’s a total rumor.”
The Diff’rent Strokes star had a passion for locomotives; his entire basement was filled with model trains and his cabinets were sorted by train parts.
RadarOnline.com first reported that one of the executor’s of Coleman’s will is the owner of Allied Model Trains, Nick Barone.
And in a will presented by Gary’s ex-manager and ex-girlfriend Anna Gray, his train collection is to be bequeathed to several model train stores including: Allied Model Trains, The Original Whistle Stop, The Train Shack and Model Railroad Emporium.
Malcolm also told RadarOnline.com: “In his will, he stipulated his train collection should go to certain people — and this would be hurtful to Gary.”
Price, who claims she was Coleman’s common law wife, has a handwritten codicil dated September 4, 2007 that leaves his entire estate to her.
But Gary’s ex-girlfriend and business manager, Anna Gray, presented her own 2005 will that leaves her as the sole beneficiary.
A judge is yet to decide which will is valid.
Price’s attorney Todd Bradford said if any of the late actor’s possessions had been sold during this state of flux, it would be a matter for the court-appointed special administrator.
“If (Rob Jeffs) feels that some asset or assets have been disposed of, sold or destroyed, he would have the responsibility to locate that item or items and get them back,” said Bradford.
“Or if they’ve been sold, get the proceeds from the sale and hold on to them.”
But Bradford added he also didn’t know anything about the alleged sale.