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For Immediate Release

November 15, 2011 Cindy Bridges, U.S. Marshals Service (202) 487-5528;
Lynzey Donahue, U.S. Marshals Service (202) 307-9075;
Bob Sheehan, Gaston & Sheehan Auctioneers (512) 251-2780
U.S. Marshals To Hold National Jewelry Auction,
Includes Saxophone Signed by Former President Bill Clinton

Washington – The U.S. Marshals Service is holding a national jewelry auction, with nearly 700 lots of jewelry, diamonds, watches, collectible coins and even a saxophone signed by former President Bill Clinton, live in Houston and simulcast on the Web at Friday and Saturday. A preview will be held at the Reliant Center in Houston Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. CST.

The U.S. Marshals Service consolidates pieces from cases nationwide and holds a large auction several times a year. “As the primary custodian of the Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Program, the U.S. Marshals Service manages and disposes of assets seized and forfeited from cases nationwide,” said Eben Morales, assistant director for the Asset Forfeiture Division of the U.S. Marshals Service.

“The assets being sold at auction exhibit the power of forfeiture to remove the proceeds of crime and disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations. Proceeds from this auction will be reinvested into the law enforcement community and applied as reparations to the victims of crime.”

Saxaphone Rolex Watch Diamond Ring Gold Coin

A saxophone signed by Bill Clinton (lot 19), a Rolex watch (lot 114), a ring with a center diamond of nearly five carats (lot 224), and a gold coin (lot 600) are some of the items up for auction.

For more information on the auction, go to

The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for managing and selling seized and forfeited properties acquired by federal criminals through illegal activities. Proceeds generated from asset sales are used to compensate victims, supplement funding for law enforcement initiatives and support community programs.

Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at



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