Jesse Jackson, Jr. Auction Stopped Amid Authenticity Claims
COLLECTIBLE: Framed and matted "Michael Jackson" & "Eddie Van Halen" autographed Epiphone guitar; full writings "Michael Jackson 2009 Let Love Fall Like Rain" with happy face and rain drops, "Keep on Rock'n Never Give Up Eddie Van Halen 2009" also 3 color photos unsigned, 2 are 5" x 6", 1 is 12" x 7"; brown, white, & black matte w/ metal plate; Epiphone Les Paul 100 Electric Guitar (Vintage Sunburst); black coated wood frame, 24.7" tall x 41.5" wide x 5.1" deep; no COAs. Note: Slight damage present to frame, glass intact.
Updated at 3:03 PM EST on Friday, Sep 20, 2013
Did Jesse Jackson Jr. use campaign funds to buy conterfeit merchandise? The feds are on the case.
The U.S. Marshals service is canceling a high-profile auction of clothing and memorabilia belonging to convicted former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. because of questions about the authenticity of some items.
The agency said Friday that it was scrapping the online auction because of questions about a guitar purportedly signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen.
The service says it will "conduct a secondary review" of the items out of "an abundance of caution."
The auction began Tuesday and included a cashmere fur-trimmed cape and an autographed Michael Jackson poster.
The auction is part of the government's attempt to recoup part of the $750,000 in campaign funds that the Chicago Democrat and his wife illegally spent. Both were handed prison terms last month.