Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bernie's Slippers

From: D___ A____ 
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:47 PM 
To: D_____G______ 
Subject: More Bernard Madoff property going up for auction -

“Looks like those slippers are your size. You should bid. :-)”

My best childhood buddy DCA…always looking out for me. Bernie’s slips are a half size too big for me but I couldn’t have those devil shoddings in my house anyway. But word out is that AllieVonSummersBelgie sent a letter to Ruth Madoff, axking her what size Belgians she wore. Maybe there'll be a pair of Belgians in the auction as well. And "Butner, North Carolina" ...what an aptly named place for Bernie to spend the next 150 years. Trust me when I tell you that I wear sissy shoes with aplomb. But I also know that you don't wear a home jersey to an away game. And seems to me like Butner might be a place where an ass whuppin' may result if you roll in hot, sporting a pair of slips.

Here’s the USA Today story…

More Bernard Madoff property going up for auction

By Kevin McCoy, USA TODAY

NEW YORK — Bidders at a federal auction next month will have a chance to walk in the figurative footsteps of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff.

A size 81/2 pair of black, velveteen slippers, with red quilted lining and Madoff's initials embroidered in gold thread, is scheduled to be among more than 400 pieces for sale during the latest in a series of auctions aimed at compensating the thousands of victims of Madoff's multibillion-dollar scam.

Other items going on the block during the Nov. 13 auction at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers include a Steinway & Sons grand piano and bench, a woman's engagement ring featuring a 10.54-carat emerald-cut diamond and an antique wooden desk.

And no Madoff auction would be complete without a miniature bronze rendering of the fallen financier's favorite symbol — a bull.

"These pieces are the last of what once occupied the homes and lives of Bernard and Ruth Madoff" at the couple's former Manhattan luxury apartment and onetime Montauk, N.Y., oceanfront home, said Joseph Guccione, the U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York.

A November 2009 auction of hundreds of other personal items — including a New York Mets baseball jacket with Madoff's name stitched on the back, jewelry, watches, golf clubs and fishing gear — raised roughly $1 million.

A  separate auction of the fallen financier's former minifleets of yachts and luxury cars fetched an additional $1 million. Sales of the Manhattan and Montauk homes, plus Madoff's former Palm Beach, Fla., mansion, are projected to bring in more than $23 million.

While federal officials welcome the combined sales revenue, the total represents a fraction of what Madoff stole by victimizing charities, celebrities and average investors worldwide. As of Oct. 15, the court-appointed trustee seeking Madoff's assets had allowed nearly $5.7 billion in claims filed by thousands of those victimized by the disgraced former Nasdaq chairman.

Madoff won't be around to observe the upcoming auction in person. He's serving a 150-year prison term at a medium-security federal correctional facility in Butner, N.C., after pleading guilty last year.

Onward. With all the damn slippers I need.


Laguna Beach Fogey said...

8.5? Fucking hell, that's dainty. That fat old Israelite will need all the protection he can muster.

Anonymous said...

Or, how do you spell segway.

I know, I know! s-e-g-u-e

Nelle Somerville said...

Craziest buddy in San Fran, ney Hillsborough (said with locked jaw), bought some random bench from a previous auction that was Bernie's. My hubs and I were like, "why". He's a trader and it reminds him to stay on the straight path. Love the slips. You need some ADG slips for shiz.

Gail, in northern California said...

Not so fast, Mister. Don't think for a minute I missed the 'ol TWO-HOUR HOT SHOWER-STEAM technique for your precious twills. Humphf.

I'm 65 and just spent six glorious days with my "little brother" (he'd love that). Just like old times with the teasing. I'm so glad he, and I, never outgrew that. ;-)

P.S. Our first rain tonight- Yay! I'll cut you some slack.

The Blushing Hostess said...

Noted for your xmas gift, keep a wide berth of those though... xoxo

ADG said...

Blushing...thanks. But y'all can just get me a gift certificate from that great little tweedy/country clothing store in Middleburg.

Flomo...people from Jax don't even use that word.

Laguna...settle down old sport. I wear an 8 ... that's dainty. And I'm hung like a tic-tac.

ADG said...

Nelle...I'm thinking about a pair...just not Bernie's.

Gail...gotcha. Every now and then I need to throw the shower bomb out there just to make sure you are paying attention.

CeceliaMc said...

"Laguna...settle down old sport. I wear an 8 ... that's dainty."

Yes, "settle down".

It's pejorative to call fat Israelite's dainty...

SouthernProletariat said...

As usual, the comments are as entertaining as the post- both here and at the news article. Although quite the studied contrast...

Patsy said...

Why did I think Madoff was from Queens? Which would make him a fat old Queen?

He had a hell of a nice boat, total classic....wonder what that went for.

Summer is a Verb said...

Nahhh, I'm with you ADG. I don't need no bad energy trapsing about on my soiled carpeting. Now, if say, an Hermes item or two should come up, I may willing to spring for an excorsism...XXOO

ilovelimegreen said...

Provenance, provenance, provenance, provenance - it's an auctioneer's best friend!

CeceliaMc said...

"Provenance, provenance, provenance, provenance - it's an auctioneer's best friend!"

That and human pretension.

ADG said... are on your game today! Must have gotten a good night's sleep.

CeceliaMc said...

"Must have gotten a good night's sleep."

Thanks, ADG. A bottle of Jack will do that for you.

Anonymous said...

"Flomo...people from Jax don't even use that word."

My "people" [as in the distinctly southern "Who are your people?"] arrived in Georgetown SC over 300 years ago, so obviously it's my SC roots what give me my fine writin and speakin vocabulary, see.

Richard M said...

ADG: I thought BM wore Belgians? Love English Country Classics!

ADG said...

Richard M. ... Rather sad that we have to drive all the way to Middleburg to find a decent pair of moleskins or a tweed cap. Alas. Greetings from Old Town, where, until your comment rolled in, I was reading the June 1938 issue of Esquire Magazine. people were already a bit farther up the Waccamaw River when yours rolled in to Georgetown.

Anonymous said...

Lag Beach. "Fat old Israelite"? Jeezus. Where does this stuff come from? Is it that you're miffed your house Negroes stop pouring after 10 AM?

You're embarrassing of us? .....yeeesh

ADG said...

Anonymous...Don't let Laguna get to you. It's all a front. He's really not the anti-everybody,quasi-English, pseudo-East Coast WASP now applying such Colonial and Anglo non-sensibilities in Los Angeles. He's really a seventy year old Samoan lady.

Laguna Beach Fogey said...

Yeah, a seventy year old Samoan in her parents' basement and eating Ritz crackers. LOL!!

Keep the imagination running, Anon, if it suits you. The truth is so much more shocking, to people such as yourself that is. Oy vey!