Mercedes-Benz has set a new record by selling an automobile for $143 million.

As originally reported through whispers and rumor last week, one of the world's most iconic cars was sold at a private auction at a closed museum for an incredible amount.

But not to a James Bond-style villain out to take over the globe, but to someone who wants to help save it.

Mercedes-Benz has acknowledged that a private collector has paid 135 million euros ($143 million) for one of the two 300SLR "Uhlenhaut" Coupe race cars in its collection.

The revenues from the sale will be used to establish the Mercedes-Benz Fund, which will assist environmental science and decarbonization research and scholarship.

The price is more than double the previous record of $70 million for a 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO purportedly bought in a private sale in 2018.

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for $48.4 million at an RM Sotheby's public auction in the same year.

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