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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderAfter repeal failure, GOP senators propose ObamaCare subsidy patch The Hill's 12:30 Report Price faces unwanted task of administering ObamaCare MORE (R-Tenn.), Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownOvernight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Senate Dems call for investigation of acting SEC chairman Dems wait for GOP olive branch after ObamaCare debacle MORE (D-Ohio), Mike EnziMike EnziTop Dem: Trump's State Dept. cuts a 'Ponzi scheme' Republicans eye strategy for repealing Wall Street reform Lawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure MORE (R-Wyo.), Tom HarkinTom HarkinGrassley challenger no stranger to defying odds Clinton ally stands between Sanders and chairmanship dream Do candidates care about our health or just how much it costs? MORE (D-Iowa), Tim JohnsonTim JohnsonCourt ruling could be game changer for Dems in Nevada Bank lobbyists counting down to Shelby’s exit Former GOP senator endorses Clinton after Orlando shooting MORE (D-S.D.), Carl LevinCarl LevinSenate about to enter 'nuclear option' death spiral Devin Nunes has jeopardized the oversight role of Congress Ted Cruz wants to destroy the Senate as we know it MORE (D-Mich.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.); and Reps. Bruce BraleyBruce BraleyTen years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Trump: Ernst wanted 'more seasoning' before entertaining VP offer Criminal sentencing bill tests McConnell-Grassley relationship MORE (D-Iowa), Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) and Kay GrangerKay GrangerA guide to the committees: House Obama released 1M to Palestinians in final hours GOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket 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 LeahySenate braces for fallout over Supreme Court fight Register of copyrights should be presidential appointee GOP senator on going nuclear: 'I really hope that it doesn't come to that' MORE (D-Vt.); and a Vineyard Vines tote bag and signed book from Sen. John KerryJohn KerryFBI Director Comey sought to reveal Russian election meddling last summer: report Congress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide 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.