DIXON, Illinois — An auction of items seized from the former Dixon comptroller convicted of stealing nearly $54 million from the northern Illinois city, raised nearly $47,000.
The auction was the first of three of Rita Crundwell's remaining assets.
The Dixon Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/1k9kiG2) the most expensive bid was for a Luc Childeric English saddle, which sold for $2,040. The most competitive bidding war was for two pairs of western spurs branded with the initials "RC." They drew 115 bids and sold for $755.
Auction proceeds will go to the city from which the former comptroller stole funds over two decades. Crundwell is serving nearly 20 years in prison.
The second online auction runs Nov. 17 to Dec. 1 and will include Crundwell's collection of 152 belt buckles. A sealed bid auction is underway for Crundwell's horse show trophy collection.