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Originally published May 11, 2011 at 10:17 PM | Page modified May 12, 2011 at 9:27 PM

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Downtown Freddie Brown selling his 1979 Sonics ring for more than $44,000

The ring is 14K gold, weighs 35 grams and is in mint condition.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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You never know what treasures you might discover after a little spring cleaning.

Especially if your husband is "Downtown Freddie" Brown, the former Sonics sharpshooter who helped bring Seattle its first major professional sports championship.

Brown's wife Linda found a few gems after rummaging through memorabilia stashed away inside their Mercer Island home.

Unbeknown to the legendary basketball great, she decided to sell a few items and intends to donate the proceeds to charity.

One of the items is Brown's 1979 NBA championship ring.

Brown had no prior knowledge of the sale, but said he supports his wife's decision.

"I just found out about what my wife was doing the other day," Brown said. "She handles a lot of charity stuff. She was spring cleaning. She found a whole bunch of stuff from 30, 40 and 50 years ago and donated a bunch of stuff and is giving things to charity.

"That's all I know. I support her. Whatever she's doing, I'm OK with it."

The bidding at Grey Flannel Auctions began at $5,000. By Wednesday night the highest bid was $44,799.

According to the company's website, the ring is 14K gold, weighs 35 grams and is in mint condition.

The description of the ring on the site says: "The top panel reads 'NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS' surrounding a large .60-carat round-cut diamond that sits atop a white gold basketball. The left panel reads '1979' and features a casted image of the official NBA logo. The right panel features a banner engraved with the player name 'BROWN' above a casted gold and green enameled Seattle SuperSonics logo."

Twenty-one people placed a bid by Wednesday. Brown was not one of them.

He captained the 1978-79 team that toppled the Washington Bullets 4-1 in the Finals, but he's never been enamored by memorabilia.

The site was also auctioning off various trophies, plaques, uniforms and a pair of autographed sneakers from Brown.

"I just don't deal with those things," Brown said. "Never have. Never will. It's just not me."

Percy Allen: 206-464-2278 or pallen@seattletimes.com

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