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Breaking News: Blagojevich Announces Sotheby's Contract

December 13th, 2008 (11:45 pm)
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From Faux News staff reports:

Known for its extensive experience in managing auctions for everything from high-end art to expensive memorabilia connections, Sotheby's is now entering the political arena. Sources have confirmed that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has chosen Sotheby's to manage the auction of the Senate seat formerly held by President-Elect Barack Obama. A Sotheby's spokesperson indicated that the company had no immediate comment.

But sources close to the Illinois governor's office, who spoke on the condition of anonymity since they were not authorized to speak to the media, confirmed earlier today that the governor had decided on Sotheby's. One source went on to mention that the decision had come after some amount of debate among members of Governor Blagojevich's staff over whether a less expensive alternative to Sotheby's could be found. Chief of Staff John Harris was reported to be in favor of choosing online auction site Ebay, Inc. or online-classifieds site Craigslist.

A call to Ebay headquarters requesting comment was not immediately returned. A spokesperson for Craigslist declined to respond to questions.

"Clearly, Governor Blagojevich, by going with Sotheby's, indicates his administration's commitment to getting maximum value for the taxpayers for assets held by the state," said former Illinois governor George Ryan, currently an honored guest of the U.S. federal government. Governor Ryan's administration developed a state program for the sale of Illinois driver's licenses, but many political observers believe that program was not run as smoothly as programs in the Blagojevich administration.