Autograph hounds prowl the House floor Sunday

The healthcare reform bill might be 4,000 pages and weigh five pounds, but that didn’t stop a number of lawmakers from lugging it around the House floor Sunday night and asking members of the Democratic leadership to sign their copies.

Spotted with the massive bill in hand were Democratic Reps. Jim Himes (Conn.) (pictured here), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.). Signers included Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (S.C.).

The GOP side of the chamber, meanwhile, was an autograph-free zone.

And while Democratic lawmakers clung tightly to their mementos on Sunday, should they ever want to sell them, the signed copies of the bill could be worth more than just good memories one day. But not much more.

The auction site eBay has hundreds of autographed congressional items for sale, but the prices are paltry. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s (R-Ga.) signature fetches about $30, while a copy of Gingrich’s book Contract with America signed by Gingrich’s fellow Georgia Republican, the late Charlie Norwood, is listed for $8.47.

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