Purse: $250. Lawmakers’ pix: priceless

One gem stood out in the Everybody Wins! literacy gala’s recent silent auction.

Stuck alongside a $250 beaded purse, a birthday cake package and other items was something called the Congressional Collection, whose value was estimated as “priceless.”

The prize featured signed and framed photos of several lawmakers, including Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate Overnight Regulation: Omnibus includes deal on tip-pooling rule | Groups sue over rules for organic livestock | AT&T, DOJ make opening arguments in merger trial Warren presses Mulvaney, Azar on tip pooling MORE (R-Tenn.), Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownDemocratic senator: People don’t know what’s going on between Trump and Putin Power struggle threatens to sink bank legislation Pension committee must deliver on retirement promise MORE (D-Ohio), Mike EnziMichael (Mike) Bradley EnziA failure to protect students and taxpayers Corker: Why can the Pentagon 'turn entire countries into craters' but not audit itself? Sales tax battle moves to the Supreme Court MORE (R-Wyo.), Tom HarkinThomas (Tom) Richard HarkinSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Trump should require federal contractors to follow the law Orrin Hatch, ‘a tough old bird,’ got a lot done in the Senate MORE (D-Iowa), Tim JohnsonTimothy (Tim) Peter JohnsonSenate GOP rejects Trump’s call to go big on gun legislation Court ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit MORE (D-S.D.), Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinSen. Gillibrand, eyeing 2020 bid, rankles some Democrats The Hill's 12:30 Report Congress needs bipartisanship to fully investigate Russian influence MORE (D-Mich.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.); and Reps. Bruce BraleyBruce Lowell BraleyOPINION | Tax reform, not Trump-McConnell feuds, will make 2018 a win for GOP Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer MORE (D-Iowa), Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) and Kay GrangerNorvell (Kay) Kay GrangerTrump gives jolt to push for military ‘space force’ Overnight Defense: Pompeo brings hawkish Iran stance to State | Air Force ducks on 'space force' | Senate eyes vote on US role in Yemen war | Perry doesn't want to be VA chief Air Force leaders sidestep question on Trump's 'space force' MORE (R-Texas).

The collection also included a signed pamphlet from Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii); a signed “The Dark Knight” movie poster from Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick Joseph LeahyMcCabe oversaw criminal probe into Sessions over testimony on Russian contacts: report Graham calls for Senate Judiciary hearing on McCabe firing McCabe firing roils Washington MORE (D-Vt.); and a Vineyard Vines tote bag and signed book from Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes Kerry2020 Dems compete for top campaign operatives Kentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Breitbart editor: Biden's son inked deal with Chinese government days after vice president’s trip MORE (D-Mass.) and wife Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Surprisingly, more than an hour into the auction there were no bids on the Congressional Collection, despite the low starting bid of $100. Ninety minutes into the event, however, two women showed interest in one of the so-called priceless items.

“I like the Vineyard Vines tote,” one said.

“Oh, yeah,” her companion replied.

Minutes passed, and the item got its first bid — only to have the bidder return and scratch out her name.

But just before the auction’s close, someone named Rachel Fenton came to the item’s rescue. She was the only bidder. (It at least fared better than other auction items; one organizer stomped through the room and huffed, “Nobody bid on my flute lessons.”)

Fenton is a legislative director for Ehlers. She had no comment on her bid, but urged other staffers to get involved with the literacy organization.