Tesla Roadster owned by George Clooney to be auctioned

George Clooney’s Tesla Roadster goes under the auctioneers hammer on August 19th, 2012 at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Expected price is slated to be between $100,000 and $125,000, according to auction house estimates. But judging from the fact that this is a Signature 100 Roadster we are talking about prices should go much higher.

Gooding & Company, the official auction house states that this vehicle is the one which Clooney was offered when Tesla debuted the Roadster. It is a high performance electric sports car. Clooney has indicated that all proceeds from the sale of this car will be donated to Satellite Sentinel Project. This is a nonprofit organization that keeps an eye on borders of Sudan through satellite.

It may be remembered that North and South Sudan are at logger heads and volatile enough to erupt into a full fledged civil war. Clooney’s Tesla Roadster is No.8 of the original Signature 100 which was built in 2008. It is fitted with premium two tone leather interior and is finished in Obsidian black metallic paint.

Read the press release below for more information.

News Release

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 30, 2012) – Gooding & Company, the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, is thrilled to announce that it will present Academy Award-winning actor and philanthropist George Clooney’s 2008 Tesla “Signature 100” Roadster at its Pebble Beach Auction on Sunday, August 19. Mr. Clooney was invited to purchase car number 0008 when Tesla debuted its game-changing Roadster, the world’s first high-performance electric sports car. One of the most generous celebrity human rights activists in the world today, Mr. Clooney has selected the Satellite Sentinel Project as the beneficiary of his sale proceeds. Co-founded by Clooney and human rights activist John Prendergast, the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP) is a non-profit organization that monitors the sensitive borders of Sudan via satellite in an effort to prevent the return of a full-scale civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan.

“We are overjoyed to present George Clooney’s Signature 100 Tesla at Pebble Beach because this is an incredible opportunity to purchase a modern collector car with all the right elements: one-owner, celebrity provenance; historical significance; limited-edition rarity and philanthropic ties,” says President and Founder David Gooding. “We admire and respect Mr. Clooney’s talent and dedication to making a difference in our international community, and hope his fantastic car will attract great support for the Satellite Sentinel Project and recognition of the lives his work saves every day.”

George Clooney’s 2008 Tesla “Signature 100” Roadster

Tesla made automotive history in 2008 when it launched the innovative Roadster, the world’s first high-performance electric sports car. With only 1,700 miles from new, Mr. Clooney’s Tesla Roadster, car 0008, is finished in Obsidian Black Metallic over a premium, two-tone leather interior. Clooney has said that his Roadster is thrilling to drive. The Tesla’s estimate is $100,000–$125,000.

George Clooney Supports The Satellite Sentinel Project

The SSP is a non-profit organization supported by other non-profits (including Not On Our Watch and the Enough Project), that monitors the sensitive borders of Sudan via satellite in an effort to prevent the return of a full-scale civil war between Northern and Southern Sudan. Part of an early warning system currently in place, the SSP gathers images of aggression and other time-sensitive information and expedites the data to news organizations, peacekeepers and key policymakers. http://www.satellitesentinel.org/

Gooding & Company’s 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 15, and continue through Sunday, August 19. The auctions will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auctions. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased on site for $40. Auctions are broadcast live from Gooding & Company’s website. Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are also available on http://www.goodingco.com or by calling (310) 899-1960. For additional vehicle information and up-to-the-minute results, follow Gooding & Company on Facebook and Twitter @GoodingCompany.