From New York Times:

Joseph Arthur, the Brooklyn-based singer and painter whose touring van was towed and sold at auction last month, has tracked down and retrieved his vehicle, full of amplifiers and artwork. But it cost him $5,500.

The man who bought the 2003 Dodge Ram at a city auction, one Jose Lopez, of Mott Haven in the Bronx, paid $1,000 for the car and its contents, which included some expensive 1970s-era amplifiers and a hand-drawn set of tarot cards. He drove a hard bargain when Mr. Arthur tried to buy it back.

“The buyer had no obligation to sell it, so he kind of held it for ransom,” said Carla Parisi, a publicist for the musician…

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