A pair of sunglasses purported to have been worn by Paul Walker on the day he died in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita was up for auction today. Authorities have their doubts about the shades' authenticity.
The consignor says he picked them up legitimately after crime scene tape was taken down following the accident. He says he even showed them to a cop and was waived off.
The sunglasses ...
... are said to be of the same type, Maui Jim-brand, worn by the Fast and the Furious star that day. In fact related photos were posted of the actor wearing them in the red Porsche Carrera GT in which he ultimately died that same day.
Bidding was up to $1,729 on the site Bid AMI. The site says a portion of the proceeds will go to charity "with the acknowledgement of Paul Walker's immeasurable charitable contributions."
The consignor, who's also selling a fire extinguisher he said was used at the crash scene, says he was there shortly after the collision and offered assistance to first responders, according to Bid AMI's description:
Once the site investigation was cleared with car debris hauled away and tape taken down, a responding officer allowed him as well as others back to the public site. The only thing left was a charred ivy brush, minor residual debris, a knocked down pole and tree.
As the consigner walked the scene in disbelief and grief, he found a pair of sunglasses nearby in the ivy. After showing one of the officers, he was waved off. The glasses were dirty so he wrapped them in a handkerchief and put them in his pocket. He also found some residual debris nearby which he kept in memorium.
We asked sheriff's officials what they thought. A Santa Clarita-based supervisor said that if the sunglasses were considered a part of the crime scene there could be an issue.
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However, a department spokesman said:
As a department we doubt that they are actually Paul Walker's sunglasses. But who knows, maybe they are. Right now we doubt it.