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An eBay bidder with the username of leonroyer bought himself a Justice Kennedy bobblehead doll yesterday for $300. He was the only bidder to match the seller's $300 minimum bid. But another Justice Kennedy bobblehead remains up for auction. As of this writing, bidding had reached only $20.50, but five days remain in the auction and, as anyone who's ever bid on eBay knows full well, the greatest flurry of activity comes near the end.

As Howard Bashman notes at How Appealing, this recent flurry of bobblehead bidding is fueled in part by the arrival of Justice Kennedy in the bobblehead collection of The Green Bag, where he joins his honorable bobbled colleagues Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O'Connor, John Paul Stevens and William Rehnquist. The Green Bag, if you are unfamiliar with it, is what I once described as "an entertaining, eclectic law journal." It introduced its first Supreme Court bobblehead in 2003 as a gift for subscribers. Since then, demand for these limited-edition bobbleheads has grown so fervent that one law professor has written a scholarly article on the federal income tax consequences of the phenomenon, and students at George Mason University School of Law have set up a bobblehead redemption center.

Back on eBay, Justice Kennedy is not the only bobblehead to be found. Bidding on a Justice Stevens bobblehead is already over $200, with eight days left to go.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 16, 2006 at 03:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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