Camelot is going, going, gone. Now for the Little Shop of Horrors.
Collectors who didn't get to bid on John F. Kennedy Jr.'s rocking horse or Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's baubles may soon get a crack at killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer's shower curtain, toothbrush, freezer, mattress and box springs."It's a different market," admits Robert Steuer, a Milwaukee lawyer arranging the auction of serial killer Dahmer's belongings to raise money for the families of some of the 17 young men and boys Dahmer killed.
But it's a market, he added, that may have deepened with last week's floodtide of publicity attending the Kennedy memorabilia auction conducted by Sotheby's in New York and the vast sums of money being spent for pieces of history.
"We're negotiating right now. We're taking calls from auctioneers who want to have it all over the place," Steuer said. "I'm still of the opinion that New York is going to be the best market."
Among the items eligible for auction are a 57-gallon drum, refrigerator, freezer, couch, bed, 80-quart aluminum kettle, four saw blades, a pair of jeans, greeting cards, a sponge, bedsheets, records and tapes, two bicycles, an empty rum bottle, four knives, a sledgehammer, gargoyle figurines, chemical-resistant gloves, a chair and tables.
The items to be sold, at a time and place still to be determined, were carted from Dahmer's foul-smelling apartment in Milwaukee when the horror of his crimes came to light on his arrest in 1991.
Steur said there is no way of knowing what the auction will rake in for the families of 11 of the 17 people Dahmer killed in a sexually driven, 13-year orgy of cannibalism and necrophilia.
Dahmer was killed by a fellow inmate in prison in 1994 while serving multiple life sentences for the crimes.
To big-time auction houses, the prospect of handling Dahmer's worldly goods is less than appealing. "It's not something we would do," said a spokeswoman for Sotheby's.