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Whitney Houston — Here's Proof Emmy Auction Is Illegal … TV Academy Sues

0622-whitney-houston-emmy-getty-03Whitney Houston‘s Emmy award will NOT be auctioned off without a fight … the Television Academy just filed a lawsuit accusing Heritage Auctions of theft.

TMZ broke the story … the Academy is trying to block Heritage from putting the statuette on the block — on behalf of Whitney’s family — claiming it contractually MUST be returned to the Academy.

In the docs — filed in L.A. and obtained by TMZ — the Academy included the sticker it says has been affixed to the bottom of EVERY Emmy handed out between 1978 to 1994. Whitney won hers in 1986.

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The sticker makes it clear the statuette is the Academy’s property and the winner’s heirs are “obligated to return” it … as opposed to selling it or throwing it away.

Heritage thinks the Academy is bullying the Houston family … because more than 3 dozen other Emmy awards have been auctioned off without a peep. The live auction for Whitney’s trophy is set for Friday, but the online auction is already up and running … and someone’s already bid $ 10k!

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