Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., owes $750,000 in illegally spent campaign funds. To help pay that tab, the U.S. Marshals Service will begin auctioning 13 eclectic items from the Jesse Jackson Weird Stuff Collection online.
If you have a few hundred dollars laying around and you're into mink, here's what could be yours:
This first item is a woman's cashmere cape with dyed black mink trim. Very decadent. Unfortunately for the Jacksons, the cape likely wouldn't go over well in prison, where the former congressman was sentenced for 30 months in August. Jackson's wife, Sandi, is sentenced for 12 months for leaving $580,000 in income off the couple's tax returns. Jesse Jackson Jr. is scheduled to begin his sentence about Nov. 1 in Alabama. The couple is supposed to serve at separate times. The current starting bid for the cape is $215.
This fine product is a woman's black sheared mink jacket with 40 percent silver fox sleeves, which surely is very impressive to people who know something about fox sleeves. This jacket starts at $260.
This is not made out of any mink. It is a framed, matted autographed poster of the 25th anniversary of Thriller. It also contains three color photos, which are unsigned. Apparently online auctioneers value Michael Jackson just a bit more than mink, as this item starts at $300.
Any of these look enticing? If not, maybe you'd be interested in some autographed Bruce Lee memorabilia? There's plenty more on the auction site. The bidding begins Tuesday at 10 a.m. CST and ends on Sept. 26.