Zimmerman's Gun Auction Taken Down
And Smithsonian denies wanting gun
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 12, 2016 11:41 AM CDT
In this Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, file photo, George Zimmerman, acquitted in the high-profile killing of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, listens in court, in Sanford, Fla., during his hearing.   (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank, Pool, File)

(Newser) – For reasons unknown, but easily guessed, GunBroker.com has taken down an auction listing for the gun George Zimmerman used to kill Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman had just listed the 9mm pistol with a starting bid of $5,000, and the auction was set to start at 11am Eastern Thursday. By 11:18am Eastern, the listing was gone, the AP reports.

Zimmerman had stated in the auction listing that the Smithsonian was interested in acquiring the gun, which he just recently got back from the US Justice Department after being acquitted in Martin's 2012 death. But the museum tweeted Thursday, "We have never expressed interest in collecting George Zimmerman’s firearm, and have no plans to ever collect or display it in any museums."