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George Clooney to auction Tesla for South Sudan nonprofit

July 30, 2012|By Jerry Hirsch
  • George Clooney plans to auction his Tesla Roadster electric sports car to raise money for a non-profit that monitors the borders of Sudan and South Sudan.
George Clooney plans to auction his Tesla Roadster electric sports car… (Gooding & Co. )

Actor George Clooney will have Santa Monica auction house Gooding & Co. auction his 2008 Tesla “Signature 100” Roadster to raise money for a nonprofit that uses satellites to monitor the tense border between South Sudan and Sudan for war crimes and other violence.

The Roadster, the eighth built by the Palo Alto-based electric car company, has been driven 1,700 miles. It is expected to sell for $100,000 to $125,000.

Clooney designated the Satellite Sentinel Project as the sale beneficiary. Co-founded by Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast, the Satellite Sentinel Project's website states that its goal is to prevent warfare between the Sudanese regions. The Republic of South Sudan became an independent state last year.

The Tesla will be auctioned at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next month.

Gooding & Co. specializes in auctioning celebrity vehicles for nonprofits.  At the same event, it will offer "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno’s 2012 Fiat 500 Prima Edizione.

Leno is using the auction to raise money and awareness for the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides services and support to the families of wounded American soldiers.

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