It took three tries, but George Zimmerman has reportedly sold the gun he used to shoot and kill Trayvon Martin. After two auction sites delisted the gun due to an overwhelming number of fake bids and hoaxes, the gun sold for over $138,900 Wednesday at noon.
The Orlando Sentinel reported the winning bid came from a user by the name of John Smith who said he lived in Alabama.
Before news of the sale became widespread, the gun auction site UnitedGunGroup shared on Twitter that Zimmerman was vetting several offers.
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In order to combat the numerous fake bids driving up the price of the gun, the site used an additional e-mail verification when Zimmerman relisted it. It also ran a simultaneous public and private auction.
TMZ originally reported seven users bid on the Kel-Tec PF-9 pistol, but that number has since been corrected to nine users bidding over 180 times on the weapon, according to ClickOrlando.com. The winner will remain anonymous unless they wish to make their information known in accordance with the site's rules.
In a statement, Zimmerman wrote, "First and foremost, I would like to thank and give the glory to God for a successful auction that has raised funds for several worthy causes."
Before UnitedGunGroup.com delisted the gun, users bid on the weapon in order to criticize Zimmerman. One bidder named "Racist McShootFace" reportedly bid $65 million for the gun, but was later removed from the auction.
UPDATED 2:43 p.m. ET: The original article said the gun sold for over $120,000. It has also been updated with information from UnitedGunGroup.com and ClickOrlando.com.