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Confiscated high-dollar items to be sold at Jacksonville Sheriff's Office auction

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- With the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office parking lot lined up with expensive cars and sparking diamonds, it looks like a showing of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But it is more like the lifestyles of the criminal and illegal.

"In my time in the Forfeits Unit, this is definitely the coolest auction," said Lt. Ray Beltz.

JSO let the public take a peek Monday morning at the high-dollar items going up for auction.  All of the items are from cases that have already been disposed in the court system.  None of the items are from the on-going racketeering scandal.

It was hard to tell if the sun was shining brighter off the chrome hub caps or the encrusted diamonds sitting outside.

The showstopper that had jaws dropping was the 2004 Lamborghini.

"It's hot, it's great and I think I will try to get it," told Christian Martin.

Martin is one of many picturing the sweet ride in their driveway.

Others had their sights set on the jewlery. If you are a Spielberg fan, you can't miss the diamond E.T. ring, pendant and necklace.

To keep prices down, potential bidder Jim Dixon is just hoping the other bidders keep their cool.

"They get auction fever and just don't stop bidding," said Dixon.

The auction will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday in Metro Park in Jacksonville.  The winning bidder will have to put a $100 deposit on the item and pay in full by cash or cashier's check by 1 p.m.

The money from the auction goes to several places in JSO.  It helps pay for any needed maintenance done prior to the auction, it is allocated for special projects such as funding an investigation and 15% is put back into community crime and intervention programs. 

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