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ested in one miss­ing let­ter writ­ten by Parks that could fetch more than $100,000, Ehrlich­man said.

The iron shack­les and Wash­ing­ton au­to­bi­og­ra­phy also are valu­able, the lawyer said.

Reed, 69, was or­dered to sur­ren­der the items two years ago to sat­isfy cred­i­tors, but lawyers dis­cov­ered the prop­erty was miss­ing from Reed’s home in In­dian Vil­lage dur­ing a visit in July.

On Tues­day, the judge pressed Reed about the miss­ing items, par­tic­u­larly the Wash­ing­ton au­to­bi­og­ra­phy. “Where is that?” the judge said. “It’s in the (home) li­brary,” Reed said. “You’re will­ing to turn it over?” the judge said. “It was there,” Reed said. “I don’t care,” the judge said. “Will you turn it over?” “I will,” Reed said, “if I can find it.” “If it’s in your house, you find it,” the judge said. “It didn’t fly away. I feel like I’m in ‘Alice in Won­der­land.’ “Is it in your house?” the judge asked. “It should have been there,” Reed said. “That’s not an an­swer,” the judge said. “Is house?” “I don’t know,” Reed said. Reed sug­gested bank­ruptcy of­fi­cials over­looked the items dur­ing the July visit to his house.

“You didn’t turn it over,” the judge said. “It wasn’t their obli­ga­tion to ran­sack the house. I don’t find it cred­i­ble that they would have missed a Booker T. Wash­ing­ton book they were look­ing for.”

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