David Hasselhoff Is Selling His Most Prized Possessions: His 14-Foot Statue and “Knight Rider” Car
The auction also includes a lunch date with the Hoff himself
Let’s say, hypothetically, you suddenly come into possession of a 14-foot-long statue of a shirtless David Hasselhoff. What would you do with a bare-chested effigy like that? Put it in your rec room? Display it on your roof? One-up your neighbors who bought that 12-foot Home Depot Halloween skeleton?
That’s a dilemma one lucky person — maybe even yourself — is going to need to figure out soon. Not only does this oversized Hasselhoff replica actually exist, but it’s currently being auctioned off alongside the Hoff’s personal Knight Rider car, a signed Baywatch surfboard and even lunch with the man himself.
The auction, put on by Diligent Auction Services and hosted online at LiveAuctioneers, is the ultimate David Hasselhoff memorabilia sale, featuring 150 lots from the personal collection of the actor (and European-chart-topping singer!). But befitting a celebrity whose career ranges from driving a talking car to singing with a split personality on Broadway to starting his own social networking site, this is no normal estate sale.
The aforementioned statue is not from a Baywatch promo, but a prop from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie from 2004, used in a scene where the titular sponge and his starfish friend Patrick ride on the actor’s back across the sea. (We like to think of this particular scene as the inspiration for Paul Dano using Daniel Radcliffe as a boat in Swiss Army Man.) And for some reason, this piece of memorabilia — which is attached to a rolling frame — is expected to be the most expensive lot, with an estimated selling price between $750,000 and $1,500,000, though the top current bid is $100K.
Other standout lots include Hasselhoff’s personal Knight Rider K.I.T.T. car, which the listing describes as “fully functional.” The downside is that it’s currently located in the U.K. and the winning bidder will have to cover delivery expenses; the upside is that if it sells for 25% above the reserve price (which it looks like it’s going to) Hasselhoff will personally hand over the keys. That’s not the only car, either, as his dilapidated personal (but nonetheless enviable) 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL is hitting the auction block as well. And then there’s the lunch outing, as well as all the normal things you’d expect like a surfboard, signed photos and such.
Why he’s offloading all of this memorabilia now isn’t exactly clear, though the release says that a portion of the proceeds will go to Hasselhoff’s “favorite,” but unnamed, charities. Maybe he’s just late to the Marie Kondo craze.
The auction is currently accepting bids for pre-approval, but the actual event takes place on January 23.
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