Bernie Madoff’s Mercedes is going on the auction block soon, but who cares? It’s a station wagon, and what did they ever do with it, drive to Applebee’s? If you’re looking for a car that’s seen a real piece of the financial-fraud action, look no further than the 2007 Coachmen Freelander recreational vehicle U.S. Marshals will auction off October 23, the selfsame vehicle on which disgraced hedge-fund manager Samuel Israel III scrawled “Suicide Is Painless” before (not) jumping to his death off of the Hudson Valley’s Bear Mountain Bridge. There’s only 8,939 miles on the odometer, and you could get a bargain, according to Bloomberg: “Similar vehicles originally sold for $69,999.” Of course, you could discover that the car, like Israel’s hedge fund, is a lemon.
“We have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written. We just have some of the last decisions to be made.”