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Stroger Auction Items Fail to Fetch Buyer

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



    Stroger Auction Items Fail to Fetch Buyer

    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.