Blago's Elvis Statue Picks Up The Tab

Add to Rod Blagojevich's setbacks: a sudden loss of memorabilia. Host Scott Simon notes that the storage facility holding some of the former Illinois governor's possessions just auctioned off some of his items to cover back fees.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

And add to the former governor's setbacks: He suffered a sudden loss of memorabilia. This week, the storage facility that's housed some of Rod Blagojevich's possessions since 2002 put them on the auction block. The moving company claims they are owed more than $100,000 in back fees.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the governor with "Jailhouse Rock" hair collected Elvis mementos. A life-size Elvis statue went for more than $20,000. There's also an Elvis guitar clock and a poster of Elvis reading a book, which he did as a promotion for American libraries. The Tribune didn't report what the title of that book was. I wonder if it was "Crime and Punishment."

There were also crates of papers, documents and photos. A Northwestern University librarian was there, trying to buy some of the more important papers. Jake Sikora of Chicago came for fun and told the Tribune, I think Blagojevich is a hoot; I was hoping to get a trinket or a sweet photo, and then track him down and get him to autograph it.

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