Jay Leno’s VMAX Sold for $120K
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Bailey’s Cafe was founded by Stefanie Siegel, an old college friend of Leno. The two had not seen each other for 18 years, until they met at the much anticipation auction. Before the auction kicked off, Leno joked that "Bailey's Café is an arts program, but I didn't have any Yamaha musical instruments to sell, so I thought I'd sell my Star VMAX, which is made by Yamaha."
Once Leno himself rode the VMAX, which featured an old-school hot rod-style paint job by Benny Flores, onto the auction stage, bidding quickly reached $60,000.
Though highly appreciated for his sense of humor, Leno was some times serious, saying, "You know what school funding is like," and "Every cent goes to the kids." Other times he adopted a stand-up tone joking that the alternative to running up the bid was having some poor kid in Brooklyn join a street gang.
Finally, the bidding ended at $120,000, which is about 8 times the MSRP. Moreover, Barrett-Jackson donated all the transaction's fees to the cause as well, so Siegel left Vegas with more than she initially hoped for.
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