Auction begins of Jackson Jr.’s capes, memorabilia

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.