Diane McIver designer wardrobe estate sale draws a crowd

NEDRA RHONE/ NRHONE@AJC.COM

The doors opened just after 10 a.m. for day one of the estate sale featuring clothing and other personal items of shot businesswoman Diane McIver. By then, the line had grown to about 100 people, wrapping around the parking lot of a warehouse in Miami Circle.

There were two separate lines and the longer one was designated for those who had come to shop the thousands of clothing, costume jewelry, shoes and other possessions of McIver.


“This was highly publicized, so I think that is why this is quite a turnout,” said Mark Pollack who was visiting the sale on advice from a friend.

McIver, 64, died in September after she was shot in the back by her husband Tex McIver while riding in their SUV. Tex McIver has said the shooting was an accident. A criminal investigation is ongoing.

The estate sale, conducted by Peachtree Battle Estate Sales & Liquidations, is part of the effort to raise money to support McIver’s will, said Tammy Johnson, the manager of McIver’s estate.

“When you have a will and the deceased’s wishes need to be granted…there is a lot of cash that needs to be raised for the people in the will. Unfortunately, (McIver) didn’t have a lot of cash and so the attorneys have instructed us to do this,” said Johnson.

In addition to the estate sale, there will be a live auction on Jan. 14 which will feature higher-end furs and fine jewelry.  Johnson said the turnout for the estate sale was more than they expected.  “We are pleasantly surprised,” she said.

McIver enjoyed bright colors, prints and luxe details from designers such as Roberto Cavalli, Christian Lacroix and Moschino. The clothing and accessories filled an entire room with racks upon racks of designer goods. Prices ranged from as low as $12 for t-shirts while items such as furs were priced in the range of $875 and higher.

Shoppers were allowed to enter the sale in groups of 25 to 30 which left quite a few of them waiting outside. Many experienced estate sale shoppers said they hadn’t seen such large crowds but they were willing to wait for a look at what was inside.

“I go to a lot of estate sales for jewelry and purses. I saw some interesting things in the pictures (online),” said Rae Mitchell. While the sale is high-profile, Mitchell said she wasn’t familiar with McIver’s story. “I have no idea who she is. I am just interested in her things,” said Mitchell.

But many in line were discussing McIver. They wondered aloud about the status of the investigation and some noted that it seemed a bit soon to sell her items.

“People were talking about the sale and it has been all over the news what has been going on. I am a native Atlantan and a little familiar with the family and the background. It is kind of an exciting thing for Atlanta, ” said Cheryl Weiss who was there to check out jewelry and fashion.

Johnson, the estate manager, said the timing of the sale was not a decision made by McIver’s husband.

“The family is still very distraught. They can’t believe they have to go through this, but on the advice of the attorneys, this is what we are doing,” she said.

The five-day sale, continues through Sunday, Dec. 11, when any items left will be 50 percent off.

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We all want justice
We all want justice

The Estate manager states that Diane's estate doesn't have cash.....  One of the reasons is that Diane loaned $350,000 to Tex that was originally due in 2014  -- and pushed to 2017.    Tex should pay that loan back now that it's 2017.  Does he have cash?  Always follow the money.  


A man in this position should resign from the Putnam County Development Authority.


Angela Watson
Angela Watson

I would not purchase her things, this is so disturbing.

Sandra Jones
Sandra Jones

So she was broke. The plot thickens.....

JDinMarietta
JDinMarietta

Selling your wife's clothing/belongings in this matter is somewhat sleazy in my opinion. The guy shot his wife(accidentally) and a month after she dies(at his hand) he basically has a yard sale. Bad public perception. And who the hell has the need for 125 furs in the deep South?

Christy Nolan
Christy Nolan

@JDinMarietta She died in September, not a month ago.  What's he supposed to do?  Hold on to a warehouse full of her things and look at them every day for the rest of his life? 


We all want justice
We all want justice

The Estate manager states that Diane's estate doesn't have cash.....  One of the reasons is that Diane loaned $350,000 to Tex that was originally due in 2014  -- and pushed to 2017.    Tex should pay that loan back now that it's 2017.  Does he have cash? @JDinMarietta

quickdigits
quickdigits

I think it would have been more appropriate for Mr. McIver to donate his late wife's clothing to a charity or a thrift store. Apparently, he will use the proceeds of this sale to pay his lawyers. Seems like money always seems to end up in the pockets of lawyers, doesn't it?

typingperson
typingperson

He's using the proceeds to pay her bequests to loyal retainers, according to an earlier story. This clumsily written piece does not make that clear. A new low in ghoulishness for your McIver coverage, AJC!

We all want justice
We all want justice

@typingperson The Estate manager states that Diane's estate doesn't have cash.....  One of the reasons is that Diane loaned $350,000 to Tex that was originally due in 2014  -- and pushed to 2017.    Tex should pay that loan back now that it's 2017.  Does he have cash?

Andrea Umbriano
Andrea Umbriano

I still can't believe Diane is gone . I have so many fond memories of her . I owned Mystique in Dunwoody and she was a client and dear and gracious friend . When I found out I was expecting she was the first client I told - and when my daughter was born she was the first I called . I live in New England now but get to Atlanta often . I was there right after her death and will always see her picture on the Cory tower . It's just so sad and this Sale is even sadder. Is there no respect for the person she was !

Andrea Umbriano
Andrea Umbriano

Jennifer Gable l know she had such a big heart - she will be surely missed by many ❤️

Jennifer Gable
Jennifer Gable

She was absolutely beautiful inside and out. I've known her for 30 years. I'm still in shock about all of this. I'm glad you had the honor to know such a beautiful person.

Peaches30305
Peaches30305

Jesus Christ Cheryl  Weiss - Do you really think this tragedy is exciting for Atlanta?



Zach St
Zach St

"This dress has a hole in the back. Will you take $50?"