Gary Sinise’s first auto auction raised so much money, the actor isn’t sure how he’ll beat those figures the next time he hosts one again. Putting a fully restored 1981 Jeep CJ7 on the block, Sinise raised $1.3 million for veterans and first responders on Friday through his Gary Sinise Foundation. The Jeep initially took in $200,000. The buyer immediately put it back under the gavel, which raised an additional $100,000. While a considerable sum already, Sunbelt Rentals chipped in another $1 million to the group.
Speaking to The Arizona Republic, Sinise joked, “My first car auction, it’s going to be hard to top that.”
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Gary Sinise on stage as the Monkey Garage build 1981 Jeep CJ7 Custom sells twice for a total of $310,000 + a separate donation of $1,000,000 was added. All proceeds going to the Gary Sinise Veteran Foundation. pic.twitter.com/U73femMCWX
— eClassicAutos (@eclassicautos) January 19, 2019