The site says the execs at United Gun Group pulled the auction early Saturday after obviously phony bids continued to roll in. At one point, the selling price hit more than $65 million! The gun was relisted a few hours later with a starting bid of $100k with an email address provided for legit bidders to try and weed out the phonies.
On the other hand, it’s depressing to know that actual offers of more than $400k were confirmed during the initial auction. The auction site wants to close bidding early next week.
In the meantime, Vlad TV is reporting that Martin Shkreli says he would buy the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin as an attempt restore morality and stand up against racism.
Shkreli, in case you forgot, is the pharmaceutical executive who received widespread backlash after he bought the rights to the drug Daraprim, and raised its price by 5,556 percent. It went from $13 to $750 per tablet, making the drug commonly used for HIV treatment out of reach for most.
Given his background and reputation, a lot of folks are somewhat surprised that Shkreli posted on Twitter his disdain for Zimmerman’s listing, saying:
“The only reason I would bid on the Zimmerman gun would be to destroy it or put it in a museum as a disgusting reminder of racism in the US.”
The former stockbroker continued with his thoughts on the immorality of the gun sale:
“I’m explaining to the morons who think buying the gun is a good idea. it represents evil and tragedy.”
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That being said, pharmaceutical exec has not made an official bid, but he firmly believes the murder weapon is a symbol of hate:
“I think the gun is a symbol of racism and should be destroyed.”
We never thought we’d agree with this guy, but we’re on the same page with Martin Shkreli as far as this issue is concerned.