Long before the NBA championships and MVP awards, LeBron James was the world’s most famous high school basketball player–one who received a 2003 H2 Hummer as a birthday present from his mom when he turned 18. The controversial vehicle, which was eventually deemed a legal gift by the Ohio High School Athletic Association, is going on the auction block this week. It’s among the star attractions in the new Goldin Auctions sale, set to run Nov. 19 through Dec. 8. The minimum bid is $50,000.
The 2003 H2 Hummer, which has 28,532 miles and 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. It still has the bells and whistles, including 28-inch rims, multiple TV screens, a JBL sound system, a PlayStation, DirecTV TracVision and a custom chrome grille. It’s been on display at the Greater Cleveland Auto Auction since it was purchased in January of 2014. GCAA has complete and detailed documents from the state of Ohio regarding ownership.
“This vehicle is a foundational element of the LeBron James story. Before he was known as one of the greatest players in basketball history, LeBron was introduced to the world as the high school basketball players from Akron with the H2 Hummer,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions.
LeBron’s old wheels aren’t the only ones in the auction, though. Also up for grabs will be a one-of-a-kind 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish Signature Car created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
The two-door luxury coupe features a 460 HP, 5.9-litre V12 engine with a 6-speed overdrive enabled transmission. The “one-of-one” car features the signatures of over 50 basketball Hall of Famers. It’s custom wrapped, with a basketball and ESPN insignia on each side, and the Children’s Safety Network logo and “50th Anniversary Hall of Fame” on the hood.
The car was originally obtained directly from the Children’s Safety Network in 2012 as a charitable purchase. It carries a $30,000 opening bid.
A preview of the auction, which includes over 1,600 items, is now open at GoldinAuctions.com.