’General Lee’ auctioned for almost $10M
A few days ago John Schneider, aka Bo Duke, was selling his personal 1969 "General Lee" Dodge Charger used in "The Dukes of Hazzard" on eBay. But back then no one expected that this car will become the most expensive car ever auctioned. The auction closed at $9,900,500 at 1:00 pm Friday. eBay had to stopped tha auction once to remove fake bids when the price hit the $6 million dollar range, and after that bidders were required to register before making a play for the car.
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. "I’m excited as I can be but I’m not going to believe it until my banker calls and says ’buy me a beer’," said Schneider after the auction ended.
The car was also used in the 2000 TV Movie "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood," a Dukes reunion film. Recently, it 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."