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You Can Buy Bernie Madoff’s Book Collection on eBay for $1,000

Or bid one one sheet of the Ponzi schemer’s personalized Crane’s stationary for $200 Read More

By / January 7, 2013

Looking to make your first investment of 2013? This eBay user might just have an offer you can’t refuse: for $1,000, you can own a portion of imprisoned Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff’s library! (Bidding ends Jan. 29.)

According to the seller (who has 99.1% positive feedback), the books, along with other various Madoff belongings, were purchased during the U.S. Marshal seizure auction of the Madoff’s property in 2011. Highlights of the 110-book collection? The Joys of Yiddish, The World Must Know: The History of the Holocaust, a few Saul Bellow titles, The Kennedy Women, and The Chronicles of Narnia seven-book set.

Carolyn Kellogg reports on the contents of the collection in the Los Angeles Times’ book blog, Jacket Copy:

And then there are the literary selections, along the lines of Moody’s “Purple America.” Stacks of Philp Roth. E.L. Doctorow’s “Billy Bathgate.” Collections of poems by Emily Dickinson, Lord Byron and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Books by Norman Mailer and Elie Wiesel. Jhuma Lahiri’s “The Interpreter of Maladies.” The stories of Wallace Stegner. And a book by Margaret Atwood still bearing a $6.98 bargain price sticker: “The Robber Bride.”

If books aren’t your thing, you can always drop $200 for one Crane’s correspondence card personalized with ‘Bernard L. Madoff,’ presumably on heavy card stock. Think wisely about which of your acquaintances is worthy of receiving that epic prank handwritten note.

The Bernard Madoff book collection: Rick Moody, Fyodor Dostoevsky [LA Times]