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Highest 'Bid' For George Zimmerman's Gun Surpasses $65M

| by Reve Fisher
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The gun that George Zimmerman used to murder Trayvon Martin had offers of up to $65 million by the morning of May 13 as numerous people reportedly made fake accounts to increase the offers to an exorbitant amount.

Zimmerman’s gun, a 9 mm Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, was originally listed on the Gun Broker website. However the site quickly ended the bidding and removed the listing from its site on May 12.

While Zimmerman told the Orlando Sentinel that the site was not "prepared for the traffic and publicity surrounding the auction of my firearm,” Gun Broker released a statement to explain that the firm did not want to be associated with Zimmerman, adding that the infamous murderer did not contact the site prior before listing his weapon, USA Today reports.

"We want no part in the listing on our web site or in any of the publicity it is receiving," Gun Broker said in the statement.

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After Gun Broker disavowed the auction, the United Gun Group started to host the controversial firearm.

Bidding began at $5,000 and surpassed $65 million. The highest bidder at the time was under the name "Racist McShootface," whose account has been deleted. Another account was named after Tamir Rice, an African-American boy who was shot and killed by police while carrying a toy gun. The highest bid that appeared to be legitimate was made by Ali Safaoui for $290,000.

The United Gun Group also pulled the listing on the night of May 12.

"Our mission is to esteem the 2nd amendment and provide a safe and secure platform for firearms enthusiasts and law-abiding citizens," the organization stated. "Our association with Mr. Zimmerman does not help us achieve that objective."

However, the listing was back up on the website on May 13.

In the listings, Zimmerman wrote that a portion of the proceeds from the weapon would go towards halting anti-firearm rhetoric made by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as fighting alleged violence against law enforcement officials by Black Lives Matter. Zimmerman also wanted to use some of the funds to end the career of Angela Corey, who was in charge of the prosecution in his notorious case.

Zimmerman alleged that the Smithsonian was interested in purchasing the gun, a claim the historical organization denied on Twitter, the Orlando Sentinel notes.

"We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman's firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums," the Smithsonian wrote.

Sources: USA Today, Orlando Sentinel, United Gun Group / Photo Credit: Gary W. Green/Pool, EPA via USA Today

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