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Men tried to auction stolen handwritten ‘Hotel California’ lyrics worth over $1M: Manhattan DA

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Three adult men are tied to a plan to auction off stolen handwritten lyric manuscripts from the Eagles’ “Hotel California” album valued at more than $1 million, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced in an indictment Tuesday.

Glenn Horowitz, 66, Craig Inciardi, 58, and Edward Kosinski, 59, allegedly possessed around 100 pages of Don Henley’s handwritten notes and lyrics for Eagles songs together with “Hotel California,” “Life in the Fast Lane” and “New Child in City.”

“These defendants attempted to preserve and offer these special and valuable manuscripts, even with understanding they experienced no correct to do so. They created up tales about the origin of the documents and their right to possess them so they could turn a income,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a assertion.

The manuscripts ended up at first stolen from Henley in the late 1970s by an writer who was employed to compose a biography about the Eagles, prosecutors said. The biographer sooner or later bought the manuscripts in 2005 to Horowitz, a exceptional textbooks seller in New York Metropolis, in accordance to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office environment. Horowitz then allegedly marketed them to Inciardi and Kosinski.

Horowitz and Inciardi allegedly produced up a bogus story about how they came into possession of the manuscripts. Inciardi and Kosinski then experimented with to get Henley to obtain them back amongst 2012 and 2017. However, Henley informed them the manuscripts had been stolen and demanded they return them, but Inciardi and Kosinski allegedly refused.

Inciardi and Kosinski also experimented with to promote the manuscripts at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction residences, lying to auctioneers about how they received the manuscripts, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. When Henley found out that Inciardi and Kosinski were striving to offer parts of the manuscripts, he submitted law enforcement stories, authorities reported.

In 2016, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office environment executed a collection of search warrants and retrieved Henley’s manuscripts from the Sotheby’s auction dwelling and from Kosinski’s dwelling in New Jersey. Soon soon after, Horowitz allegedly tried using to use the recent dying of founding Eagles member Glenn Frey to avoid staying prosecuted, by boasting that Frey was how they arrived in possession of the manuscripts.

In an email, Horowitz reported that “[Frey] alas, is lifeless and pinpointing him as the resource would make this go away after and for all,” in accordance to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Workplace.

Inciardi, of Brooklyn, and Kosinski, of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, are both equally charged with conspiracy and legal possession of stolen residence. Horowitz is charged with conspiracy, tried criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of hindering prosecution.

The attorneys representing Horowitz, Inciardi and Kosinski denied the prison allegations of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Workplace, calling the costs “unjustified.”

“The DA’s business alleges criminality where by none exists and unfairly tarnishes the reputations of effectively-revered professionals. We will fight these unjustified charges vigorously. These men are innocent,” a joint statement from lawyers Jonathan Bach, Stacey Richman and Antonia Apps claimed.

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