The last Porsche 911 has been auctioned off to raise funds for COVID-19 relief. The auction hosted by RM Sotheby’s lasted a seven-day bidding war with over 32 bids. The winning bid came out to an astounding $500,00. Porsche Cars North America decided to match the winning bid bringing a grand total of $1 million which will be donated to United Way Worldwide.
The winning bidder will receive the 911 Speedster at a special event hosted by Klaus Zellmer, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America.
With the car comes a special collection of experiences and gift items, including an exclusive tour of Porsche’s engineering and design headquarters in Weissach, Germany, as the guest of Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser and Andreas Preuninger. Even a Porsche Design timepiece complete with the chassis number of the 911 Speedster etched onto its casing
Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA, said: “When we began this project, I wanted to use our voice to help raise awareness and funding for the incredible work of United Way. I’m pleased to have helped draw attention to their efforts and I’m deeply appreciative of the generosity and kindness of all the participants and the winning bidder. We are joining in that spirit by making our own donation on top of the winning bid for this special part of our history. We can now look forward to the funds raised making a direct difference to those who need it most right now.”
“Porsche’s generosity will make a real difference as we fight COVID-19 and prepare for the recovery phase in the communities that we serve,” said Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “United Way is focused on supporting those who need it most right now, and the money raised by this unique sale will go to local healthcare services, food banks, and to providing care and triage for impacted communities. We appreciate the speed and enthusiasm by which Porsche has made all of this possible.”
The final price of the auction lot was $550,000, including buyer’s premium. RM Sotheby’s will donate a significant portion of its buyer’s premium to the UW COVID-19 Fund.