Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 31 January 2015

James Gandolfini funeral programmes for auction

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  James Gandolfini attends "Which Way Is The Frontline From Here?" New York Premiere at HBO Theater on April 10, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini

James Gandolfini’s memory is being exploited in several online auctions offering his funeral programmes to the highest bidder.

The beloved actor passed away last week at the age of 51 after suffering a fatal heart attack while on vacation in Italy with his family.

Variety reported 1,500 family members, friends, colleagues and fans paid their respects at a funeral service held for the Sopranos star Thursday morning at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Nine 16-page programmes from that service are now on eBay.

As the New York Daily News first reported, the document features a black-and-white photo of the late star on its cover.

“James John Gandolfini,” it reads, “18 September 1961-19 June 2013.”

"A Celebration of the Life of James John Gandolfini," continues the text below.

One seller is asking for $1,300 as a “buy it now” price. Another is asking $1,200.

“James Gandolfini funeral program June 27, 2013. 16 Pages. Program from his funeral I attended," an auction listing reads.

Another pitches the item as a "rare original guide program of James Gandolfini's beautiful funeral".

James leaves behind his teenage son Michael from a previous marriage, his wife Deborah and their eight-month-old child, Liliana.

The actor’s family has asked people to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project instead of sending flowers. They say supporting veterans was a cause dear to the actor's heart.

A private wake took place in the star’s hometown of Park Ridge, New Jersey on Wednesday.

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