Blagojevich's Storage Facility Sells His Elvis Collection to Pay His Debt

By Nicole Allan

In the latest farcical turn of the Rod Blagojevich Story, the former governor's storage facility is auctioning off his stuff because he hasn't paid his bill in over a year. And oh, what stuff it is.

Blagojevich's well-documented love for/resemblance to Elvis played a leading role in the auction, which drew over 100 attendees:

An Elvis Presley impersonator opened the event by singing "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Johnny B. Goode" as prospective buyers fanned themselves with their bidding paddles.

Ray Hornkohl, 55, of Buffalo Grove, Ill., said he came looking for Elvis memorabilia and maybe a piece of history.

"I am looking for pictures of him with famous people," he said. "Now that he is a convicted felon, it would probably be worth more." Hornkohl said he'd be willing to part with up to $200.

Hornkohl had plenty of Elvis memorabilia to choose from:

-- One life-size Elvis statue, which sold for $20,500.

-- An Elvis concert picture from when he played in the Chicago Civic Center on Feb. 16, 1957.

-- A guitar clock with Elvis on it.

-- A poster of Elvis reading a book promoting American libraries.

Read the full story at the Washington Post.

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