ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Hundreds of people pawed through former White House aide Michael K. Deaver's empty trappings of power today at an office sale held to help defray more than $1 million in legal costs left from a court battle that resulted in his perjury conviction.
"Not your typical garage sale, huh?" said a smiling saleswoman as $100,000 worth of Deaver's office furnishings were put on the block at the abandoned headquarters of his high-priced lobbying firm in this Washington suburb.
In the first hour of the three-day sale, business executives and curiosity-seekers snapped up about $25,000 worth of items, from a $15 set of highball glasses to a hand-painted Chinese screen with a $3,500 price tag.
Unsold during the early hours was the biggest ticket item at the sale, a handmade, 19th-Century English partner's desk that Deaver bought on one of his overseas business trips. Price: $20,000. Other antiques included two framed, original Audubon prints selling for $2,750 each.