Monica Lewinsky negligee and Bill Clinton letter go on sale in U.S.
Mementos from a presidential scandal go under the hammer - but that blue dress is nowhere to be seen.
A sexy black negligee, a letter signed by Bill Clinton and presidential M&Ms gifted by Monica Lewinsky to her lover are currently on auction for thousands of dollars.
The 32-piece lot – many of which were used as evidence in impeachment hearings against the 42nd president of the United States – includes letters, photos, and White House chocolates sent by Lewinsky to former lover Andy Blieler, as well as clothes that she gifted to his wife, Kate.
But no, it doesn't include that blue dress.
Lewinsky will always be remembered as the White House intern whose illicit relationship with Clinton almost brought down the president, after he initially denied "having sexual relations" with her. Once he did admit to the relationship, he was impeached on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.
And then it emerged that Lewinsky – who had been vilified and mocked by an entire nation – had also had a five-year affair with Blieler, which began in 1992, when she was 19 and he was a teacher at a California high school. Moments before Clinton began his State of the Union address on Tuesday January 27, 1998, Blieler held a press conference with his wife outside their home to declare that he and Lewinsky had had an affair that continued until April 1997.
Lewinsky's attorney confirmed the affair but dismissed its importance.
Following the press conference, the Blielers handed over a collection of documents, photographs and other items to Whitewater special prosecutor Kenneth Starr's office, where they were examined as evidence in the investigation of the impeached president.
Now, Nate D. Sanders – the Los Angeles-based celebrity auction house – is putting them under the hammer.
Among the letters in the lot is one signed by the president himself, wishing Blieler a happy birthday. Dated February 20, 1996, the single-page letter reads, ''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!''
It also includes various photos of Lewinsky, which she sent the couple during her internship, and an autographed photo of Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Official White House items are also up for grabs, including a book of White House matches, a sealed box of presidential Whitman's chocolates and slightly crushed boxes of presidential M&Ms.
But perhaps the hottest items in the lot are copies of interviews with the Blielers conducted by Starr's legal team during the investigation into Clinton's sexual affairs, and newspaper articles about the Bleilers' involvement with Lewinsky.
Bids for this little piece of Americana currently stand at $2,750 and the online auction closes on Thursday.
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