Fake Van Halen and Michael Jackson Guitar At Jesse Jackson Jr Auction

Posted 23 Sep 2013 in Artist News, Industry Insights, Miscellaneous

Remember last February when Senator Jesse Jackson Jr. got arrested for misuse of campaign donations? For those a bit foggy about their political history, Jackson basically used the money that should have gone towards his congressional campaign to purchase a variety of personal objects such as home improvements, fancy cigars, and pop culture memorabilia. Jackson would later plead guilty and in August was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.Jesse Jackson Jr

One of the items Jackson purchased was a guitar which had the signatures of both Michael Jackson and Eddie Van Halen. The guitar was originally bought by Jackson for $4,000, and is just one of many pieces of MJ souvenirs he had lying about.

The guitar was found by authorities to be a fake, which disappointed the many buyers who were waiting for the guitar to put up in a police auction, along with all of the other illegally purchased materials. Jackson has been charged with coming up with $750,000 on top of the sales of his items to repay his country. Shockingly, the judge did not make Jackson sell his $50,000 Rolex, stating that the item did not need to be given up. Must be one nice watch.

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