June 8, 2005
A piece of history representing the collapse of the Soviet Union is being auctioned off and you can get it for a steal.
"So honey, this one's for you, love you," said Bob Brackett.
Brackett is selling one of his treasures to help his wife pay off her students loans so she can, "achieve her dreams."
The item is the desk that President Ronald Reagan used at the Embassy of Iceland to prepare for negotiations with Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev--negotiations which many say sparked the fall of the Soviet Union. But to Brackett it is more than just a desk.
"Interestingly enough, President Reagan is the reason I tried to go to work for the US government and is the reason I became a special agent for the US government, so there is a lot of love and respect there," said Brackett.
The item went on sale for $6.04 because Reagan died in June of '04. But why start the bidding so low?
"I wanted to give everybody the opportunity," Brackett said.
So far there have only been five bids, raising the price to $20.50, but there have been several private inquiries.
"We had a call from the governor's office of New Mexico...we had a mayors office call us and we had a couple radio stations and TV stations call us," said Gary Nader, the owner of the Charlottesville store in the Rio Hill Shopping Center, I-soldit.com, which is selling the desk.
Brackett has owned the desk for seven years, but prior to that, the President wasn't the only important person to use it.
Six ambassadors, a published poet, and also an Olympic athlete have sat at this desk.
The bidding ends on June 12th, the day Reagan made his speech: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."