(CHICAGO) — Before he traveled in limousines and motorcades, President Obama shuttled himself to and from work at the Springfield, Ill., state house in a 2005 grey Chrysler sedan.
The owner of the car is now offering the ultimate piece of Obama memorabilia on eBay. The starting bid? A cool $1 million.
“How do you put a price on something like that?” Lisa Czibor, who is running the auction for a “friend of a friend,” told ABC News.
Obama leased the Chrysler 300C from 2004 until 2007, then traded it in for a hybrid vehicle.
After sitting on a Ford lot for a while, the car was sent to a Chrysler lot where its current owner purchased it.
“The guy who bought it found out it was Obama’s car,” Czibor said. “He put 1,600 miles on it and once Barack was elected president, he stopped driving it.”
The listing has received a lot of clicks, but no interested buyers have emerged.
“There are other cars that have sold for large amounts of money,” Czibor said.
She pointed to Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 1977 white Peugeot, which sold for approximately $2.4 million at auction, Adolf Hitler’s convertible blue Mercedes, which sold for $8 million, and Pope John Paul II’s 1975 Ford, which sold for $690,000.
The auction ends on Feb. 1.
The car’s Kelly Blue Book value is $14,446 — not including the presidential prestige.
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