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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Celebrity deaths, big money

Yes, we do love our celebrities, especially when they are dead.

Two pieces of history were put on the auction block in hopes of selling for big dollars, and it seems that the money will come, according to reports in the

One is a presidential jacket; the other, a note from a killer.

First, for the sale that has occurred, the is reporting that John F. Kennedy's bomber jacket sold for more than $500,000. That's a very nice house. The sale included many personal items owned by Kennedy's longtime aide, and the same comes near the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. The highlight was the bomber jacket, which officials had expected would bring in $20,000 to $40,000, stunning observers as it went for $570,000.

Also in the news today, awaiting bidding, a former police oiffcer from the NYPD is selling letters received from the man who gunned down John Lennon, the Beatle and passionated peace advocate. Mark David Chapman's letters, typed, offer perhaps some insight into the mind of the killer, noting that others could have been targeted for being phonies, as he saw the Beatle. He asks the officer to read "Catcher in the Rye," the book that inspired him to kill.

Chapman remains imprisoned, denied parole for the seventh time last August

Not nearly as inspiring as the president's bomber jacket, but the officer said he would donate some money to shelters for abused women and also pay for his cancer treatment. Any bit of history will draw attention and money, so this 66-year-old retiree will likely get the $75,000 he is asking for.



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