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.