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Buying Jesse Jackson Jr.’s Stuff

Jesse Jackson Jr. is having an online auction. Well, actually, the US Marshals Service is having an online auction of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s stuff. It’s an effort to recover $750,000 of campaign funds the congressman spent on personal items. Here are the five most, um, interesting pieces you can buy.

Red Cashmere Cape with Black Mink Trim
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Red Cashmere Cape with Black Mink Trim

Behind every great man there’s a great woman. In this case, that woman wore an Edwards-Lowell red cashmere cape with black mink trim on the cuffs. We can’t confirm whether that woman was Joan Collins. Or Mrs. Claus. Or Joan Collins dressed as Mrs. Claus.

Bruce Lee–Autographed 8-by-10 Photo
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Bruce Lee–Autographed 8-by-10 Photo

Jesse Jackson Jr. was a big fan of martial arts. As evidence: this Bruce Lee–autographed 8-by-10 color photo from the 1972 movie Fist of Fury. It comes with a certificate of authenticity. Not that you don’t totally trust the guy.

Signed Thriller 25th Anniversary Poster
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Signed <em>Thriller</em> 25th Anniversary Poster

Jackson Jr. saved his most ardent collecting for Michael Jackson memorabilia. One of the most valuable items up for bid is a poster from the Thriller 25 reissue signed by the King of Pop. No word on a Bad poster signed by Tito.

Michael Jackson–Signed Cymbal
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Michael Jackson–Signed Cymbal

But who knows, maybe you’re planning to open your own little Michael Jackson museum in Gary, Indiana. If so, you may want to bid on this Zildjian ZBT Splash 10-inch cymbal, signed by the Gloved One and surrounded by Michael Jackson photos. MJ loved a good high hat.

Signed Blood on the Dance Floor Record
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Signed <em>Blood on the Dance Floor</em> Record

Here we go. This is it. The pièce de résistance. Well, not really. But it does offer you the chance to lay down a few hundred bucks or more to procure an only slightly damaged, framed, Michael Jackson–autographed Blood on the Dance Floor record. Assuming you don’t already have one.

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