Psychic's Tools Go Up for Auction in DC
Jeane Dixon left loads of quirky paraphernalia behind
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 19, 2009 3:50 PM CDT
Whether Jeane Dixon's crystal ball works better than the other models that are out there remains to be seen.   (©garryknight)
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(Newser) – What would you pay for a pre-owned crystal ball? A Washington, DC, auction house is refusing to make predictions as it organizes a sale of the psychic tools—er, props, for non-believers—of America's most famous seer, the Washington Post reports. Jeane Dixon, predictor of JFK's death and astrologer to Nancy Reagan, left 500 boxes of letters, artifacts, and creepy stuff when she died of a heart attack 12 years ago.

Staff are getting into the spirit as they sift through boxes marked "Nostradamus" and "Dog Horoscopes." They even picked an auspicious day for the sale, and refused to clean a mirror with cloven feet because "we may wipe away some of her karma," says the auction house president. Normally worth $100,000 to $200,000, this trove of psychic paraphernalia may fetch more thanks to Dixon's fame, says one auction director: "I trust she will direct the items to the proper buyer."