If the bids are real – a modified 1969 Dodge Charger, painted to look like the General Lee from the TV Show “The Dukes of Hazzard,” nearly became the most expensive car ever auctioned.
The auction closed at $9,900,500 at 1:00 pm Friday. That puts it just $1.1 million away from the $11 million paid for a 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale Sports Coupe sold by the auction house Christie’s in 1987. To date, that is the highest price ever paid for a car at auction, according to Christie’s.
The car was used in the show, which typically went through several cars per episode during its 6-year production run in the early 1980s. But this one is owned by John Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the series, a role that was only slightly less central than that of the car.
The car was also used in the 2000 TV Movie “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood,” a Dukes reunion film. It also had a central role in the movie “Collier & Co., Hot Pursuit,” a limited-release film produced by, directed by, distributed by and starring Schneider.
Schneider decided to auction the car in order to finance production of a sequel to that film.
Asked if the price may have gone so high because bidders wanted to help Schneider makes his next film, Scheider replied: “They sure weren’t around the first time I was trying to raise money.”
I didn’t find the above mentioned auction on Ebay, but I did happen to find this one. He says it’s an authentic General Lee from Warner Brothers and has listed the starting bid at $150,000. What a damn bargain… I’m going to go place my bid right now! No… not really.
source: cnn via aol
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