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Bid News at Sidwell Friends

The middle school at Sidwell Friends. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A pair of Obama autographs -- the president's on his Rolling Stone cover, the first lady's on her Vogue cover -- fetched a four-figure sum at a Sidwell Friends auction Saturday night.

With Sasha and Malia newly enrolled, it was the first time the Obamas donated prizes to the private school's annual scholarship fundraiser. While their autographs commanded an above-market price, it was a far cry from the first time Chelsea Clinton's dad donated to Sidwell: In 1993, a signed copy of Bill's inaugural address went for $30,000. Probably helped that the Clintons, unlike the Obamas, personally attended the auction, causing a frenzy when POTUS joined the bidding on a golden retriever. (He lost.) In '94, a signed State of the Union address fetched only $4,000. When Clinton upped his game two years later by donating himself for a round of golf, a bidder came up with $76,000. So be warned, Obamas -- there are high expectations.

Sidwell officials would not confirm the winning bid for the Obamarabilia. Auction guests told us it was between $1,500 and $3,200.

By The Reliable Source  |  April 28, 2009; 1:03 AM ET
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