NEW YORK — The estate of a department store heir says in a lawsuit that Jay Leno was illegally sold a valuable automobile at a sham auction.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan by the estate of Macy's heir John W. Straus. It says a 1931 Duesenberg was sold to the "Tonight Show" host at an auction designed to take that car and a 1930 Rolls Royce while Straus was ill.
Court papers say Leno, an avid car collector, bought the Duesenberg and someone else bought the Rolls. The suit says the cars were worth $1.7 million and were in a Manhattan garage for more than 50 years.
Straus died in May at age 88, and the suit says he paid all that was owed to store the cars.
Leno spokesman Dick Guttman had no comment.