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Phony memorabilia? Feds cancel auction of Jackson items

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The federal government has cancelled the online auction of former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s assets after questions arose over the authenticity of some items.

Concerns over the authenticity of a guitar signed by Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen prompted the cancellation, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement.

"After receiving legitimate concerns about the authenticity of the guitar ... the Marshals Service will conduct a secondary review of all the assets," the U.S. Marshals said.Last month, the former U.S. Rep. was sentenced to 2 1/2 years behind bars for stealing $750,0000 from his campaign fund while his wife, former Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) is to serve one year for filing false tax returns.

A total 13 items bought with some of the money were listed for sale at www.txauction.com, including fur coats, capes, and assorted Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee memorabilia.

The auction started Tuesday and was to end Sept. 26. Net proceeds would offset Jackson's $750,000 monetary judgment filed in federal court on Aug. 19, the Marshals Service said.

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