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Have Plans Tomorrow? If Not, How About the Bernie Madoff Auction?

Madoff Shoes So, New York readers, what are you doing tomorrow morning? Sure, you could swing by the Union Square Greenmarket and pick up some fresh ingredients for a delicious dinner, as I did on many a Saturday morning during my days in the NYC.  Or you could go for a run along the Hudson River -- the weather should be perfect, brisk fall morning-style. Or both.

But those are things you can do every Saturday. Why not try something different? Like the U.S. Marshals Service auction of a bunch of Bernie Madoff's crap. That's right, tomorrow, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 8:30!), the USMS will be auctioning off stuff once owned by the Ponzi king.

Kevin, at Lowering the Bar, has done you the service of combing through the entire auction catalog and picking out some choice lots that you might want to bid on. Like the Tiffany clock Madoff was given by Hofstra in recognition of "Alumni Achievement." Or his bronze armadillo. Or, of course, some of his "Mr. Casual" shoes, pictured above. If the deadline for online bid registration hadn't passed, I might go for one of the several Rolexes on the block, or maybe Bernie's old flask and cigar box -- clearly whatever he was drinking and smoking was some powerful, powerful stuff.

You can check out the rest of the catalog here. And, all kidding aside, if you stop by the Sheraton tomorrow morning, shoot us an e-mail and describe the scene. We'll make you famous.

Posted by Eric Lipman on November 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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