In the past, I have been the … ahem … “winner” of government auctions through GSAAuctions.gov. Lesson #1 – never buy a lot of furniture if you do not own a semi-truck!! No matter how cheap the bid is. On a positive note, I have some very nice solid wood barrister bookcases and some solid army file cabinets. Don’t ask what happened to the 90% left of my stupid purchase or how much I had to pay for freight.
The message that the Unabomber’s junk was going to be sold and profit given to the families of his victims was accompanied by this press release:
U.S. Marshals to Auction Unabomber’s Personal EffectsWASHINGTON – The personal effects of Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, will be sold via an online auction by the U.S. Marshals beginning May 18. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell of the Eastern District of California ordered the sale in August 2010. Proceeds from the auction will be used to compensate Kaczynski’s victims.
The auction will run from May 18 to June 2. The online catalog, which will include approximately 60 lots of property, will be on the Web at http://www.gsaauctions.gov beginning May 18. Items to be sold include personal documents, such as driver’s licenses, birth certificates, deeds, checks, academic transcripts, photos, and his handwritten codes; typewriters; tools; clothing; watches; several hundred books; and more than 20,000 pages of written documents, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions of the “UnabomManifesto.”
“The U.S. Marshals Service has been given a unique opportunity to help the victims of Theodore Kaczynski’s horrific crimes,” said U.S. Marshal Albert Nájera of the Eastern District of California. “We will use the technology that Kaczynski railed against in his various manifestos to sell artifacts of his life. The proceeds will go to his victims and, in a very small way, offset some of the hardships they have suffered.”
Photos of selected auction lots are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usmarshals/ (click on “Sets”). The catalog, photos and descriptions of all the lots will be available at http://www.gsaauctions.gov when the auction goes live on May 18.
Oh yeah, but if you were interested in Laredo auction items – you can bid on some old keyboards or a lot of 60 various cell phone chargers, no semi-truck required :P.