Then things got weird.
GunBroker.com, the site where Zimmerman first tried to auction the firearm, deleted the post just before it was scheduled to go live on Thursday morning. Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the killing of Martin in 2013, then created a new auction on UnitedGunGroup.com, where it quickly went haywire.
In the online auction, prices began to soar, with the top bidder offering $65 million for the gun. That bidder’s username was reportedly “Racist McShootface.” This was not what Boaty McBoatface was supposed to inspire!
Top bidder in Rayvon Martin Gun Auction is "Racist McShootface" Not a #joke ..neither was the murder nor is the auction.— Reset Democracy🌊 (@newdemocracy16) May 13, 2016
Wasn't "Racist McShootface" what the Secret Service used to call Dick Cheney?— Studio Moon NY (@Bohemianmoon) May 13, 2016
In the description for the item, Zimmerman write that he is “honored and humbled to announce the sale of an American Firearm Icon,” and calls it a “piece of American history.”
UnitedGunGroup.com owner Todd Underwood told the Washington Post on Thursday that, while he does not condone Zimmerman’s sale of the gun, he believes he has the right to sell his personal property.
“I talked to George Zimmerman earlier today and told him that as long as all laws are being followed, he can list the gun on our site,” Underwood said. “I don’t support it, I don’t condone it, I don’t have anything against it. It’s his property, it’s his decision.”
Zimmerman also promises to donate the money to “fight [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers, ensure the demise of Angela Correy’s persecution career and Hillary Clinton‘s anti-firearm rhetoric.” Zimmerman’s killing of Martin sparked the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, which would rise to national prominence following the police-involved deaths of other young black Americans in 2014.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Racist McShootface account has been deleted. As the time of publication, the current top bidder is Craig Bryant, who bid approximately the same amount as Racist McShootface. The site also lists his bid as happening at 3:19 CT, which hasn’t happened yet.
#RacistMcShootface auction update: A $65MM bid is back – from "Craig Bryant." It hasn't been bid up. Are they doxxing our hero?— Din (@Din_of_Inequity) May 13, 2016
The bids certainly seem like a troll move, but that’s still a lot of money that could potentially go into George Zimmerman’s hands. The bidding ends in four days.