Jesse Jackson Jr. Has Some Weird Mink for Auction Today

Also: Plenty of stuff signed by Michael Jackson.

FILE - In this March 20, 2012 file photo, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. speaks in Chicago. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, that Jackson is being treated for bipolar disorder.
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Sept. 17, 2013, 6:09 a.m.

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. 

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