November 25, 2002
Need some help with your Christmas list?

Get ready, there's gonna be another online auction of Enron memorabilia, from December 3-5:

A sleek black Lincoln Navigator that transported former Enron Corp. chairman Kenneth Lay a few blocks to Dynegy Inc. about a year ago to announce the companies' doomed merger needs a new home.

The 1999 sport-utility vehicle is among thousands of surplus Enron belongings to be sold at a three-day auction next week in the bankrupt company's continued efforts to raise money for creditors.

"That hauled Lay around a lot," Enron spokesman Mark Palmer said Monday, pointing at the SUV parked outside a Houston warehouse stocked with goods to be sold Dec. 3-5.

A total of 18 vehicles, mostly from the Enron Broadband unit, will be up for grabs along with a variety of crooked E's and a couple of fancy-schmancy brass telescopes from the executive floor. But wait, there's much more:

In a format similar to eBay, DoveBid will conduct a simultaneous online-only auction for more than 220,000 smaller, kitschy items that sport Enron's logo.

Those items are left over from the defunct Enron Signature Shop, an online store for company employees.

[DoveBid auctioneer Renee] Jones said the sheer volume of T-shirts, tote bags, plastic mugs, stress balls, socks, jackets and other items was too much to include in a three-day live sale.

Such items were sold in bulk at the September auction, but the eBay-like format will allow bidders to buy single items.

Enron socks! I've gotta get me a pair of Enron socks.

Also, the online-only auction will feature Enron Field memorabilia, which wasn't available in September.

That collection includes 500 small replicas of the Houston Astros ballpark before the team bought out Enron's naming-rights contract in March.

Enron Field miniatures! Someone get me a paper bag, I'm hyperventilating over here. And it gets even better:

"If we get immediate payment, we will get it shipped in time for Christmas," Jones said.

Get yer credit cards warmed up, kids. If this doesn't solve your Christmas shopping needs, I just can't help you.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 25, 2002 to Enronarama | TrackBack