Monica Lewinsky auction: Buyer interest fell short

July 1, 2013
A postcard once belonging to and/or sent to a friend of Monica Lewinsky. (NATE D. SANDERS FINE AUTOGRAPHS/EPA)
A postcard from Lewinsky was part of the auction. (Nate Sanders Fine Autographs/EPA)

Did someone overestimate the demand for Monica Lewinsky’s used clothing and notes? Serious collectors of presidential memorabilia took a pass on the lot of 32 pieces from the former White House intern, and at last check, the collection had only drawn roughly $8,000 in an online auction scheduled to end last Thursday night. So what happened? The Nate Sanders website doesn’t list a final price in their results, and the company didn’t get back to us for comment. It’s possible the highest bid didn’t met the reserve set by the unidentified consigner — or the auction was pulled for some reason at the last minute.

Update, 5:30 p.m: Just heard from the auction house. The 13 bids went as high as $12,650, but “it didn’t meet the consigner’s reserve,” auction manager Laura Yntema told us. “For something that’s rare, it’s hard to determine the value.” No word if the items will be offered again.

Earlier: Monica Lewinsky auction: Would you buy her used clothes?, 6/27/13

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