Auction begins of Jackson Jr.’s capes, memorabilia

In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington  to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s posessions -- including fur capes and Michael Jackson memorabilia -- go on the auction block Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in an attempt to generate cash to pay his $750,000 fine for fundraising violations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, file photo, former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, arrive at federal court in Washington to learn their fates when a federal judge sentences the one-time power couple for misusing $750,000 in campaign money. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s posessions -- including fur capes and Michael Jackson memorabilia -- go on the auction block Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, in an attempt to generate cash to pay his $750,000 fine for fundraising violations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Bidding has begun for a guitar autographed by Michael Jackson, fur capes and about a dozen other items forfeited by prison-bound former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

The online auction by the U.S. Marshals Service is its attempt to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds the Chicago Democrat and his wife illegally spent. Both were handed prison terms last month.

A red cashmere cape with fur trim drew the most early action as bidding started at 10 a.m. Tuesday — attracting 16 bids within 15 minutes. The highest bid was $595.

Before the auction started, the highest minimum bid set by the auction house was $350 for a Bruce Lee autograph. But within 15 minutes, not a single person had bid for it.

The auction is taking place at www.txauction.com.