Auction Site Selling Paul Walker Crash Memorabilia “Didn’t Want It to Be Morbid”
The auction website selling off Paul Walker’s sunglasses to the highest bidder doesn’t want the public to think it’s profiting off his death.
That is, considering they were allegedly told the anonymous seller tried to give the belongings back to the late star’s family to no avail.
“I felt like I should do something,” BidAmi.com acquisition specialist Kieta told Celebuzz of the planned charitable donation. “I didn’t want it to be morbid.”
Well, we think it might too late for that.
Per the site’s description, a bystander at the scene of the crash Nov. 30 found a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses in the ivy and attempted to show an officer, but was apparently “waved off,” so he wrapped them up and put them in his pocket. He only later found out they belonged to the Fast & Furious star.
Paul perished Nov. 30 along with his friend and business partner, Roger Rodas, when their Porsche crashed at more than 100 mph. Photo: Splash
And what about the actor’s family?
“He said he tried to contact them about the glasses and they weren’t really interested,” said Kieta, who refused to give her last name. “Whether or not he’s telling me the truth, I don’t know. He seemed sincere.”
We find it hard to believe Paul’s grieving parents and siblings wouldn’t want one of the last things left intact from that fateful day to belong with them.
Paul Walker’s father, Paul Sr., and brother, Cody, visit the funeral location in Los Angeles last December. Photo: Splash
The website states it plans to give a portion of the proceeds to savethemustangs.org, which because that organization doesn’t actually exist is meant to read savingamericasmustangs.org, a foundation that protects wild horses. But Kieta admits if the public wants the funds to go another organization, like Paul’s own charity Reach Out Worldwide, she’ll oblige.
As for the seller, she says, he’s given no financial commitment — which, if you ask us, isn’t surprising.
“Depending on how much is brought in, they’ll consider doing the same,” she said.
In other not-so-shocking news, the seller came to the auction site with hopes of banking big bucks.
“His expectations were high, like five figures high,” she revealed, estimating the sunglasses, fire extinguisher and other debris could fetch between $5,000 and $10,000. Right now, the bid is at just over $1,700.
But she wants us to know the consignor isn’t a bad guy: “He really wanted to do something good with this.”
Sure. That’s why he’s gone unnamed and hasn’t pledged any money publicly.
Kieta admits she’s even had doubts about keeping the auction up on the site.
“I’m leaving it to the public. I’m asking the same questions. How are people feeling about it?
“I think there’s been some time, I don’t know,” she added, revealing she’s not opposed to halting the bidding.
Fans set up a makeshift memorial at the crash site. Photo: Splash
“Bidding for the higher good is my mantra,” she added. “With every tragedy we can make it something positive. I want it to be for good. It’s about honoring Paul and not dishonoring him.”
CB! asked to speak with the seller with no response.
Requests for comment from Paul’s family haven’t been returned.
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