Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Crawling into bed with Hitler?

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What’s up, Blog Guy? You look disgusted.

I am. Regular readers of this blog know I have little patience with the idea of buying things that belonged to evil people, just to own a bit of history.

To me, a dumbass is a dumbass, whether we’re talking about Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin or Bernard Madoff’s underwear, both of which have been auctioned in the past year.

So has another dumbass hit the auction circuit?

Yeah, the biggest. Adolf Hitler’s personalized bed linen, complete with swastikas and the crazy dictator’s initials, are expected to fetch around $5,000, maybe more, at a sale in Britain.

I mean, really? Hitler’s fricking sheets? You know what people do on sheets, and you still want Adolf Hitler’s bed linens? By comparison, bidding on Madoff’s underpants sounds almost normal.

It’s only art, what’s the worst that can happen?

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Here’s an actual true news item. Unionized art handlers have been picketing outside Sotheby’s after the auction house locked them out following a drawn-out contract dispute.

With the big fall auction season just a month away, the art handlers have been replaced by temps. Not surprisingly, the union says the temporary workers have had inferior training.

The Rhymes they are A-Changin’

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Blog Guy, I read in a Reuters story that some previously unpublished lyrics by legendary songwriter Bob Dylan are going up for auction this month.

Yes, it’s an incredible window into the creative process. The lyrics are heavily annotated, sometimes in crayon, so you can actually see how they evolved.

How much for the Unabomber’s chemistry set?

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Blog Guy, I’d really like to own something that belonged to a famous dumbass, but I couldn’t afford that autograph of Jesse James that went for $51,000. Is there a more affordable dumbass sale going on?

I’m sorry, but genuine dumbass stuff is expensive. For example, the U.S. Marshals Service, the folks who sold Bernie Madoff’s underwear a few months ago, is auctioning off personal stuff belonging to Ted Kaczynski.

And this is from my dumbass collection…

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Blog Guy, recently you wrote about an upcoming auction where they were going to sell a rare signed photo of the outlaw Jesse James for an expected $20,000 to $30,000. When is that auction?

pope alexander 240It’s over. It was this week, and they had autographs of Somerset Maugham, Pope Alexander VII…

So if a dumbass just signs his name…

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Here we go again.

jesse james 280Having recently blogged about people willing to spend lots of money for stuff like Lee Harvey Oswald’s actual coffin and Bernard Madoff’s actual underwear, I now learn that a very rare autographed photo of Jesse James will be auctioned, probably for something north of $20,000-$30,000.

I just don’t understand stuff like this.

This is the same Jesse James whose Wikipedia entry calls him an “outlaw, gang leader, bank robber, train robber and murderer.”