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U.S. Marshals auction off Jesse Jackson Jr.’s celebrity memorabilia and furs

A guitar signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen, a Bruce Lee autograph, mink jackets and cashmere capes — all will be auctioned off starting Tuesday as part of the conclusion of the federal corruption case against former Illinois congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jackson, namesake of the famed civil rights leader, was sentenced to 21 / 2 years in prison last month for stealing about $750,000 in campaign money over a seven-year period. His wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, was sentenced to 12 months.

The couple pleaded guilty in February and admitted using the money to pay personal expenses from the mundane to the extravagant.

The funds raised from the online sale of 13 items will help pay down a $750,000 money judgment against Jackson.

The starting price for a framed, autographed poster marking the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s hit song “Thriller,” for instance, is $300. A red cashmere cape with black mink trim starts at $215. The sale runs through Sept. 26 at

Ann covers legal affairs in the District and Maryland for the Washington Post. Ann previously covered state government and politics in California, New Hampshire and Maryland. She joined the Post in 2005.


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