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Feds to auction Jackson Jr.’s memorabilia to pay his debt

Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jesse Jackson Jr.

CHICAGO (AP) – Mink capes, Bruce Lee autographs and assorted Michael Jackson memorabilia belonging to Jesse Jackson Jr. will be sold to the highest bidder to help ensure the former congressman pays his debt to society in full.

The U.S. Marshals Service said it will start selling 13 items in an online auction Tuesday – with proceeds going to help repay $750,000 in campaign funds that the Chicago Democrat illegally spent.

In addition to requiring that Jackson, 48, pay back the misspent funds, a U.S. judge in Washington, D.C., last month sentenced the son of civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson to 2½ years behind bars.

The objects up for auction at www.txauction.com illustrate the disgraced legislator’s passion for both pop iconography and for what some might consider gaudy and pricey fashion.

Among the clothing items are a woman’s mink jacket with silver-fox sleeves and a red cashmere cape with black mink trim, according to a Marshals Service press release.

In the same case, Jackson’s wife, Sandra, was sentenced to a year in prison for filing false joint federal income tax returns. At least some of the clothes being auctioned would have been worn by her.

One of the largest pieces of memorabilia up for auction is a guitar signed by both Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen. Next to Jackson’s signature are the handwritten words, “Let Love Fall Like Rain.”

Prosecutors say Jackson spent tens of thousands of dollars on other apparent frivolities, including two mounted elk heads for his office. Those were not listed among the objects on sale this week.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much the 13 items could raise. A message left for the company overseeing the auction, Texas-based Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers, Inc., wasn’t immediately returned.

The auction runs through Sept. 26.

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