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An online auction of furs and celebrity collectibles once owned by former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has been canceled because of questions about the authenticity of some items.

The auction began Tuesday in an attempt to generate money toward the $750,000 Jackson must repay to the government.

The Illinois Democrat, who served in Congress for 17 years, was sentenced last month to 2 1/2 years in prison.

He admitted using $750,000 in campaign funds to pay for living expenses, trips and luxury items, such as furs and autographed memorabilia.

Jackson pleaded guilty in February to conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud and to making false statements.

There had been few takers -- and low bids -- for 12 previously owned Jackson items earlier this week.