Just when I think we are done with Bernie Madoff's ill-gotten gains, more items are up for auction through the United States Marshals Service Southern District of New York. More than 400 pieces of personal property, jewelry, and antiques from the Ponzi schemer and his wife, Ruth, will be sold during a live and online auction in at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City on November 13, 2010.
"A diamond ring, grand piano, and personalized items are just a few of the lots that will be put up on the auction block", said Joseph R. Guccione, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York. "These pieces are the last of what once occupied the homes and lives of Bernard and Ruth Madoff‟s residences in New York City and Montauk, N.Y." The ring, shown above is a 10.54 carat diamond set in platinum with a GIA certificate stating that it is VS2 in clarity and F in color. Other items include a Steinway & Sons grand piano and a pair of monogrammed velvet slippers.
Proceeds from the auction will be deposited in the United States Department of Justice Asset Forfeiture Fund to compensate the victims of this multi-billion dollar fraud. Even though the government has sold three homes, yachts and other Madoff belongings the total proceeds of approximately $25 million haven't come close to chipping away at amount Madoff swindled from his investors.