Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia and fur jackets and capes are some of the 13 items bought by ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, with campaign funds that are set to go on the auction block today.
The U.S. Marshals Service will hold the auction online at txauction.com until Sept. 26. The opening bids range from $115 for a fur-trimmed cape to $350 for an autographed photo of Bruce Lee, far less than the amounts originally paid for the items. The proceeds will be used to help Jackson repay the $750,000 looted from his campaign.
"It's just a matter of who wants that item and how much they want it," Jason Wojdylo of the U.S. Marshals Service told Chicago's WLS-TV.
Jesse Jackson Jr. received a 30-month prison sentence in August for the misuse of campaign funds. Sandi Jackson, a former Chicago alderman who pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns, will serve her 12-month sentence upon her husband's release. She also must pay $22,000 in restitution.
It is unclear how much the auction will raise or when and if other items, like two mounted elk heads Jackson bought for his office that helped lead to his downfall in an FBI sting, will also be auctioned off.
The Washington and Chicago homes owned by the couple are not yet on the block, but may be later.
"Anything of value, anything that has equity will be fair game," Wojdylo told the ABC affiliate.
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(Photos: Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers)
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