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updated 5/23/2005 2:36:38 PM ET 2005-05-23T18:36:38
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MSNBC's 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' has sold its Michael Jackson Puppet Theatre puppets to online casino Goldenpalace.com.  Ebay bidding, which began on Monday, May 9, concluded last night at 9:00 p.m. ET.   A total of 84 bids were placed over the course of the three-day auction and GoldenPalace.com placed the winning bid of $15,099.99 in the final minutes. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Celiac Sprue Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping individuals with Celiac Disease.

The puppets have become an integral and highly anticipated part of 'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' during the show's reenactments of the ongoing Michael Jackson trial.  The set of six puppets that have been auctioned off include Michael Jackson, Jackson's lawyer Tom Mesereau, Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon, Jackson's pet chimp, Jackson's courthouse PJ's and crutches and Judge Melville.  All contain a genuine Keith Olbermann autograph.

"We could not be happier that our puppets are joining the GoldenPalace.com 'Hall of Fame' where they can, perhaps, stick out of the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or be placed strategically inside Pope Benedict XVI's Volkswagen," said Olbermann.

'Countdown with Keith Olbermann' telecasts on MSNBC Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET.  The show counts down the day's top stories with Olbermann's trademark wit and style.  You can view past editions of Michael Jackson Puppet Theatre on the show's webpage, countdown.msnbc.com

The Celiac Sprue Association (CSA) is a member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with Celiac Disease (intolerance to wheat), and Dermatitis herpetiformis worldwide through education, information and research.

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