Stroger Auction Items Fail to Fetch Buyer

Belongings didn't meet the minimum auction price, so they didn't sell

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    The political items and personal belongings of the late Cook County Board President John Stroger and his son, John, failed to fetch a buyer at auction over the weekend.

    Only two people bid on the items, the Sun-Times reports. Chicagoan Bob Remer dropped out at $3,500, and an unknown online bidder stopped after $3,750.

    Those bids did not meet the minimum price the owner wanted, so the items did not sell.

    The items included a signed letter from President Bill Clinton, two Bulls championship replica rings and Todd Stroger's diary.

    There also was a handwritten note from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas to John Stroger that read, "Sorry I called you a scum bag. Maria, Your Treasurer." The items were on display to the public at an auction house in Elgin.

    The items were left in an unpaid self-storage unit on the South Side that was won at auction a few months ago. Todd Stroger told the Sun-Times that he tried to buy them back, but the owner never did meet up with him.