Will the real owner of Tupac’s murder car please stand up?
There’s a strange legal battle happening with the car that the late, great Tupac Shakur was murdered in. Two owners of celebrity memorabilia outlets seem to be trying to sell the same car, and it’s causing enough strife that it may result in another drive-by.
Too soon? Probably.
Gary Zimet is the owner of Moments in Time, a California-based store selling all sorts of stuff belonging to dead celebs. He previously tried selling the car that Notorious B.I.G. was murdered in, which for some reason nobody wanted to buy, and now he’s trying to do the same for the BMW 750iL that Tupac was murdered in.
So far he hasn’t found any buyers for the Tupac murder car. That might have something do with the $1.5 million asking price. It might have something to do with the fact it’s super creepy to drive around in a car with Tupac’s ghost hangin’ around. It might also have to do with the fact he doesn’t actually own Tupac’s car at all.
That’s where Ryan Hamilton, general manager of Las Vegas-based Celebrity Cars, comes in. Hamilton says he owns Tupac’s Beemer and has “a 100 percent exclusive consignment agreement that supersedes any other agreement.” He says he acquired the car in the fall of 2017 after the longtime owner restored it and has been trying to sell it ever since.
Hamilton says that Zimet somehow got access to the car in February of 2018 and then put up his own listing trying to sell it first for the original owner. Neither side has disclosed who the original owner is.
So far, Hamilton has sent a cease and decease letter to Zimet to have him take down the listing, but the listing is still there as of the time of this writing. Hamilton says he doesn’t think he’ll actually need to sue Zimet as he thinks it’s abundantly clear who actually owns the car.
“You know, if you type in ‘Tupac BMW’, it’s pretty clear I think who is actually listing the car. So for us to spend that much money on legal action, I don’t know if that necessarily makes sense,” Hamilton said. “There’s a lot of incorrect information there.”
Zimet has at times fallen on the wrong side of the law. He’s been accused of selling unauthorized Tupac memorability, as well as fake copies of Schindler’s List for $2.2 million.
So, if you want to own Tupac’s car, then probably best to get in touch with Hamilton at Celebrity Cars. There are enough used car swindlers out there that we don’t need Zimet adding to their number.