Thirty-two items once owned or gifted by former White House intern Monica Lewinsky -- including her black negligee and a letter written by former President Bill Clinton -- are up for auction, the Nate D. Sanders Auctions announced Monday.
A statement from the auction house says the items were used as evidence in the Kenneth Starr investigation to impeach President Clinton.
They belonged to Andy Bleiler, with whom Lewinsky had a five-year affair beginning in 1992.
(Photo: Nate D. Sanders Auction House)
One of the items set for auction is described as birthday card to Bleiler written by Bill Clinton, at Lewinsky's request.
"Dear Andy: Hillary and I want to personally extend our warmest wishes to you as you gather with your family and friends to celebrate your birthday. As you look forward to the year ahead, please accept our best wishes for good health and much happiness. Happy Birthday!'' the letter reads.
The items include, according to NBC News:
- a "sheer black floor-length negligee by City Culture,"
- "three sealed and slightly crushed boxes of presidential M&Ms,"
- handwritten notes and greeting cards signed by Lewinsky,
- a letter typed on White House stationary signed by Clinton,
- ... and several articles of casual clothing Lewinsky gave to Bleiler’s wife, Kate Nason, according to the lot description.
They were all submitted to the auction house by Bleiler's ex-wife, Kate Nason.
"Items owned by Monica Lewinsky, especially relating to the Clinton scandal and Ken Starr investigation are exceedingly rare," auctioneer Nate D. Sanders said in a statement. "This is, to my knowledge, the only collection of this nature to come to light."
The investigation into Clinton's infidelity led to his impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges by the U.S. House of Representatives in 1998, though he was acquitted by the Senate.
The lot is expected to fetch between $25,000 and $50,000 before bidding closes Thursday, the auction house said.
As of this article's writing, only two bids have been made, the highest for $2,750.
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