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eBay rejects auction of Nazi chief's car

Published on Jun 27, 2014 7:49 AM
 

MIAMI (REUTERS) - Auction website eBay has refused to list a World War II-era Mercedes Benz once owned Hermann Goering, a Nazi leader who commanded the German air force, citing a policy prohibiting the sale of offensive items.

The 1941 Mercedes Benz 540 K Cabriolet B, custom built by Daimler-Benz for Adolf Hitler's close confidant, is currently in pieces in a high-end south Florida automobile shop, where owners said they plan to spend about US$750,000 (S$939,375) to restore it to working condition. "We've located all the replacement parts and we can make parts," said High Velocity Classics co-owner David Rathbun.

eBay, however, asked the owners to take down the auction after learning it would go live in early July. "eBay has policies in place that prohibit the sale of offensive materials and content, which includes listings that promote or glorify hatred, violence or racial, sexual or religious intolerance," spokesman Ryan Moore wrote in an email.

According to Rathbun, the car was seized by the US Army's 7th Infantry Division in Berchtesgaden, a town in the Bavarian Alps where Hitler built a sprawling residence.

 
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