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Collector Decides to Keep Garbo’s Car

September 2, 1991

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) _ A car collector decided to keep a 1933 Duesenberg J Victoria once owned by Greta Garbo rather than accept $2.8 million for it.

Jerry Moore, who last week said the car was worth $3.5 million, rejected the bid at the Auburn ’91 Collector Car Auction and Show at Kruse International Auction Park on Sunday.

″You’ve heard about big ice cream cones you couldn’t have. Well, that’s the biggest ice cream cone I’ve ever seen, and I’m going to keep it,″ said Moore, a Houston shopping center magnate who owns 37 Duesenbergs. ″It’s my favorite. ... But anything’s for sale for a profit.″

The cranberry-colored automobile’s body kept Garbo hidden from view. Its rear-seat section included seven concealed compartments for Garbo to secure her jewelry.

Officials at Kruse International said Moore bought the actress’s former Duesenberg for $1.4 million on Aug. 4, 1987. The largest bid Sunday was $2.8 million, offered by Dalton, Ga., carpet salesman Ed Weaver.

Kruse conducts the annual classic car auction every Labor Day weekend.

Garbo, the reclusive Swedish-born actress known for such films as ″Anna Christie″ and ″Flesh and the Devil,″ died in April 1990.

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