BOSTON (CBS) – The SUV that was seized during Aaron Hernandez’s double murder investigation was briefly up for sale Tuesday.
A Westford car dealer was auctioning off the 2006 silver Toyota 4Runner on eBay. Dozens of bids were placed, with the highest reaching $109,000. The book value of the vehicle is about $20,000.
The highest bidder was also going to get a jersey signed by the former New England Patriots star.
But the auction was taken down late Tuesday night. There has been no comment yet from eBay. The seller told WBZ-TV the listing was pulled because of the controversy surrounding it.
The dealer now plans to sell the SUV on his own.
According to the listing, the SUV “was given to Hernandez to drive by Fox Toyota in East Providence Rhode Island, for guest appearances, and signings at the dealership, as he was rising to stardom as a tight-end tandem with Rob Gronkowski.”
Prosecutors said Hernandez was in the SUV during the murders of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu. The SUV was found in Hernandez’s uncle’s garage in Bristol, Connecticut.
Hernandez was acquitted of those killings last month and committed suicide days later.