Clark Gable Gullwing Mercedes Sells For $1.85 Million

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This amazing vehicle was originally owned by Clark Gable. It is a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe. If you were watching the Barrett Jackson auto auction on Saturday you know this car failed to sell though bidding reached at $1.3 million, it did not meet the owner reserve price. What you may not know is that after the auction was over a behind the scenes deal was made to sell the car for $1.85 million.

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Dubbed as the King of Hollywood, Clark Gable was a hugely popular actor who actually epitomized the American ideal of masculinity and virility for almost three decades. Named seventh among the greatest male stars of all times, this charmer with a handsome grin and carefully trimmed mustache was also widely known for his cars and his flirting. Now, Gable’s 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe is said to have ferried some of the Hollywood’s top sex symbols including Ava Gardner, Vivien Liegh, and Marilyn Monroe.

 
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It is standard procedure for auction houses to make after-the-fact deals if a item does not meet the reserve price, the owner and perspective buyer are then allowed to haggle in a final attempt to make the sale.

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