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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
It's being called a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to own items belonging to an up and coming music superstar. Of course many people in South Georgia believe Phillip Phillips is on his way to the top, and now will have a chance to buy memorabilia from his American Idol victory.
22-year-old Lee County native Phillip Phillips is riding a wave of success that very few in music have ever experienced. Winner of American Idol. Playing concerts for thousands. Appearing at All Star and World Series games. So an auction of personal items of his is causing quite a stir.
Pearson Auction Company auctioneer Tony Pearson said, "It should be a once in a lifetime kind of opportunity for anyone who is interested in obtaining some kind of Phillip Phillips' memorabilia. It should be a great sale."
Now a rising star, but just a year ago Phillips was working at his family business, the Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn. December 1st his father will auction the entire store, including dozens of Phillip Phillips' pieces.
Several of the guitars he played growing up , all signed personally. Pictures, posters, CD's and music from American Idol. The tickets his parents used each week attending the show framed.
Phillip Phillips' father Donnie Phillips said "It's kind of a give back thing. I just appreciate everybody in Albany, Lee County. Surrounding counties for what all they have done for us. The support they have given us. And I just want to say thank you again."
Even the turkey seen on American Idol will be auctioned.
Pearson said "When he came home from American Idol this is the famous turkey he carried around in the video clip. I think everyone remembers the turkey."
All up for auction December 1st. Just a couple of weeks after Phillips' first album is debuted.
Phillips said "I think his album is better than the one he came out with during American Idol. And he is really doing good. He is getting better and better."
Pearson said "I don't think he's a one hit wonder kind of deal. So I think it will be a really good investment to pick up any of these things. Of course it should increase in value over the years, definitely."
It's not just Phillip Phillips items. Everything in the store will be auctioned. From guns to fishing supplies, jewelry, to antiques. But Donnie says Phillip has touched every one of them while working there. And yes, even the store itself, made famous on American Idol, will be offered during the auction. The only thing Phillip Phillips guaranteed not to be at the auction, is the star himself.
Phillips said "No. He won't be here. He won't be here."
If you believe Phillip Phillips really will be a superstar, this auction could be your chance to own some of the items leading up to his fame.
The Albany Sporting Goods and Pawn auction will start at 9:00 AM Saturday December 1st, with a preview of the items at 8:00AM.