Collins foundation never ok'd the sale of the pziv. Reserve at auction was never met, and Paul Allen made a deal with auctioneers, that never got green lighted with the collins foundation (owners of the pziv). That's as far as I know on technicalities of that issueThat panther is a seven figure vehicle. Paul Allen (of Microsoft) was involved in a lawsuit where he had paid 2.5 million for a Panzer IV that the seller refused to deliver. It's hard to price something like this, but 4 million seems possible, given the condition and rarity as compared to the tank that Allen bought.
I've heard a pretty similar version of that story elsewhere, although Mr Allen has his own version as well. I believe that 2.5 million was supposed to be the reserve, not sure on that though? If Collins hired the auctioneers to sell their stuff, and set a reserve price, and then the auctioneers sold it a "bona fide purchaser for value without notice" for that reserve price, its not a good situation.... This lawsuit is pretty much the only way to sort it out. Regardless, it means this Panther is nearly priceless. I'm not aware of a decent one ever selling publicly, ever. Most are blown to hell and in pieces, certainly not anywhere near running condition.Collins foundation never ok'd the sale of the pziv. Reserve at auction was never met, and Paul Allen made a deal with auctioneers, that never got green lighted with the collins foundation (owners of the pziv). That's as far as I know on technicalities of that issue
Whenever people talk about donating their stuff to a museum, crap like that is what come to mind. I read somewhere that Winston Churchill's personal Sten gun was demilled by the British a few years ago. Charlie Wilson's Afghanistan bring-back AK's were demilled and sold off a few years ago with no explanation, by a respected museum in Texas. Those guns were pretty large pieces of US history, Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Bin Laden, Taliban, 9/11. Gone now.... Yea. Filled them with foam and cut them into pieces with a saw.It's ashame 5 of them panthers in various letter models are sitting outside the machine shop at ft benning, including a Super rare panther II.