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Just days before its Hollywood Legends auction, Julien’s Auctions has pulled one of the key pieces from sale.
An oversized (14 feet long), lifelike model of David Hasselhoff outstretched in a swimming position, grinning, wearing red Baywatch swimming trunks and complete with faux back hair has been taken of the block at the behest of Hasselhoff himself.
The auction is taking place April 11-12 and will includes items from the estate of Greta Garbo and Jonathan Winters, a Marilyn Monroe sidebar, animation art, and personal effects from Fran Drescher and Ice-T. It also includes property from Hasselhoff.
While an actual KITT car (a 1986 Pontiac Firebird) is one of the big-tickets items, the wackiest item, and the one that has garnered the most media attention since being listed, is the oversized Hoff. The piece was used in 2004’s SpongeBob SquarePants movie and in a Comedy Central Roast of the actor.
Once it was revealed to be on sale, the model made the rounds and was even used by Jimmy Kimmel as his table for his talk show. It also proved to be the toast of the auction’s private preview party in Beverly Hills Wednesday with many guests taking photos of themselves next to it.
The estimated sale price for the model was between $20,000 and $30,000 and it was already fetching $28,000 in pre-auction bidding.
But alas, it will not find a new home since Hasselhoff earlier this week changed his mind about the item. After seeing the publicity the item was receiving, Hasselhoff had a change of heart and called Julien’s Auctions president Darren C. Julien to say he wanted it back.
“He thinks so much of himself that he pulled it,” quips Julien to The Hollywood Reporter.
No hard feelings, though. Hasselhoff has been busy helping promote the auction, some of the proceeds of which are earmarked for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
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