Fun, games at auction for Blago items

August 19, 2010 4:37:06 PM PDT
An Elvis impersonator shaking his hips to the Jailhouse Rock kicked off Thursday's auction of the now convicted felon former governor's personal items.

The contents of seven storage vaults were sold off piece by piece since the storage company says the Friends of Blagojevich campaign fund hasn't paid their storage bill in five years.

"There's a lot of good stuff here and people. I think it's going to a good deal," said Jim Prosen.

All afternoon in the parking lot of Boyer-Rosene moving and storage company in Arlington Heights. About 100 people were there for the bidding. "This is Abe Lincoln that they said was turning over in his grave, ironically hanging on Rod Blagojevich's wall, I want that," said Bill O'Neill.

A neon sign reading 'Governor Blagojevich' went for $375 to the highest bidder, suburban resident Ava Barcelona.

"I looked around and I said, 'that sign is mine,' price is no object,'" said Barcelona.

Boxes of files and videotapes sold for anywhere from $5 to hundreds of dollars each. An old podium went for only $50. His law books were a bargain.

"I think $75 for law books and an empty diary," said Lenny Manewith.

Bids on this giant Elvis statue started at more than $3,000 and it ended up being sold for $20,000 to a man from west suburban Sugar Grove.

Only one storage vault sold as a single piece for $1,000.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Children's Memorial Hospital.


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