LeBron James’ high school Hummer set to hit the auction block
The Hummer that LeBron James drove as a high school senior is headed to auction, and there’s no telling what the winning bid will be for such a controversial vehicle.
The auction for James’ 2003 Hummer H2 will open on Nov. 19 and close on Dec. 8. Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin believes the vehicle will roll off the block as “definitely a six-figure piece,” per ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
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Ohio basketball officials conducted an investigation into how a high school athlete could obtain such a high-priced vehicle. Had the inquiry determined an “outsider” had bought the car for James, the Ohio High School Athletic Association could have stripped James of his amateur status.
Instead, it was determined that James’ mother Gloria had taken out a loan for $50,000, using the phenom’s future value through NBA salary and endorsements as quasi-collateral before giving it to her son for his 18th birthday on Dec. 20, 2002. As a result of the investigation’s findings, James was not punished.
Some details on the tricked-out ride, as laid out in Goldin Auctions’ listing of the vehicle.
This vehicle, which is still in full working order, was featured on the TV show “Unique Whips”, which aired on the Speed Channel from 2005-2008. During one of the episodes, this Hummer was painted white from its original pewter color. This massive vehicle still has all of the bells and whistles, including 28-inch rims, multiple TV screens, a JBL sound system, a PlayStation, DirecTV TracVision and a custom chrome grille.
The H2 is said to be in “flawless condition” and has been on display at the Greater Cleveland Auto Auction since it’s purchase in 2014. Goldin Auctions’ listing stresses that James is not involved in the sale.