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Gucci’s Stable of More Than 100 Horses Sold

February 24, 1994 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ More than 100 horses found near death at two upstate farms owned by fashion heir Paolo Gucci have been sold by a court-appointed receiver.

The 113 Arabians were sold as a group by receiver Adria S. Hillman to Morningstar Farms of Durango, Colo., for an undisclosed sum ″well in excess of $1 million,″ said State Supreme Court Justice Phyllis Gangel-Jacob.

Several other horses had died from neglect.

Gucci, who is going through a bitter divorce from Jennifer Puddefoot Gucci, said he was broke and unable to buy feed for the horses. Gangel-Jacob, who presided over the divorce case, approved the Feb. 7 sale and directed Hillman to use the money to pay veterinarians, farm staffers, feed bills, taxes and related expenses.

Gucci, a fugitive from arrest warrants in Connecticut and New York for ignoring several of Gangel-Jacobs’ support payment orders, lives in England with former stable hand Penny Armstrong and their baby daughter.

Mrs. Gucci’s lawyer, Ann Diamond, said if any money is left from the sale of the horses, she will try to get it for her client, saying Gucci owes her about $550,000 in delinquent support and maintenance.