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Photos: The Unabomber's Personal Effects For Sale

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 11:47 am

It may seem really odd that anyone would ever bid on "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski's personal effects. In fact, this type of auction is really unusual, says Lynzey Donahue, spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs. Read the full story.

In 2010, U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell of the Eastern District of California gave a court order to sell Kaczynski's possessions. Proceeds from the auction will be used to compensate his victims.

His handwritten manifesto, for example, is currently fetching more than $17,000 — and that's with eight days remaining. Who's buying this stuff? Well, anyone could; it's open to the public. But it's likely that the big bidders are museums, artifact collectors and media outlets, says Donahue.

There are more photos on the U.S. Marshals Flickr site. But the most intriguing images are the ones that show Kaczynski's things in a meticulous, taxonomic fashion. It's like a clinical observation of his world — of the simple tools and objects that he, meticulously and clinically, used to commit his murders.

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