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Morning Look: Sean Taylor's Stuff



If you read Mike Wise's Sunday column about the Sean Taylor auction last Friday in Bealeton, you realize that the story never stops twisting around to uncover new sadness. Strangers picking over one's leftover belongings for bargain prices might be the way of the world when rich people die, but it still feels sad.

From the dark-stained, mahogany bedroom suite in immaculate condition to Taylor's Husky wrench-and-socket kit, it all went. His eight fishing poles, four Christmas mugs, two bars of unopened Irish Spring soap, the red Toro lawnmower, even his Old Spice cologne.

Conversation pieces, too, like the glass-top table -- held up by tree roots concealing a crouching black panther -- and a German-made 9mm Sig Sauer handgun.

The melancholy increases even more when Wise reports that at least one of the buyers pledged to resell some items for profit at a flea market. All of us must have some part of our brains that imagines the Smithsonian will want all our tables and chairs and notebooks; many of us must suppress the part of our brains that contains the knowledge that our tables and chairs will be hawked at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds within 12 months of our deaths, while our notebooks will be tossed way before that.

The bedroom suite, Wise reported, went for $2,100. The 9mm cost $1,500. The high chair, car seat and potty trainer went for $35. The total haul for Taylor's daughter's fund was $7,375.50. Post photographer Richard A. Lipski was at the auction, too; here are a few more of his pictures of Taylor's stuff.




By Dan Steinberg  |  September 10, 2008; 8:29 AM ET
Categories:  Morning Look , Redskins  
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Comments

RIP Sean Taylor

Posted by: G20FdaCowboys | September 10, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Still too soon.

Posted by: StetSports.com | September 10, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

R.I.P Mr. Taylor, we miss you...

Posted by: Mustachio | September 10, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

i don't know about anyone else, but unless i was a family member, i can't imagine buying the possessions of a man killed the way Sean Taylor was.. If this were Ronald Reagan's stuff, that's one thing. But this was a 20 something man taken unexpectedly. that's just creepy man

Posted by: rashad | September 10, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

i wish real fans were there and not bargain hunters. also i wish sean had that gun with him in miami...

Posted by: rfzonadc | September 10, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

There's no end to the sadness I felt when I read the Wise column.

Posted by: Lou | September 10, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I heard on the news that the money for the auction was for his daughter. $7K is not going to take care of her. What's going on with his money ? You would think that his beneficiaries will do a good deed and take care of his daughter.

Posted by: jim | September 10, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Taylor's death was and is very sad. It would have been sad if no one showed up to buy this stuff. The family would have kept it if they wanted it; instead, they hoped someone would buy it so they could have the money. Let's not be sentimental over the wrong things.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I don’t really follow football a lot, so the time that I learned more about him was due to this unfortunate event. That’s just sad, and some of the comments left in response to the situation/article were even worst because of how ignorant some people are. His faithful fans, like comments I read on here, are great.

From what I read, they caught the people involved, but the whole thing just seems weird and should be further investigated – maybe I just watch too much “48 hours,” but it sure brings back that realization of how CRAZY people really are.

RIP

Posted by: Bridge | September 10, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

It's one thing if it's just the regular auction bargain hunters. It's what they do.

It's another if it's someone's there to capitalize on a famous person's death.

It would be sickening to see that bottle of Armor All on Ebay billed as "Sean Taylor's last bottle of Armor All"

Posted by: Kim | September 10, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

the speargun was already on ebay...
purchased at the auction for $40, the starting bid on ebay was $119

Posted by: rfzonadc | September 10, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Wish he'd had the SIG that night. Except that I think a condition of his sentence in the ATV mess was not possessing a firearm. Still, would that he were alive dealing with a gun charge, and the burglars scared off, wounded or dead.

Posted by: Bill Walsh | September 10, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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