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Gun that killed Trayvon Martin in shock sale

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The gun used in the Trayvon Martin murder in 2012 has been sold for $346,000.

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of killing the unarmed black teenager, put the Kel-Tec PF-9, a 9mm pistol up for auction.

The Florida Neighbourhood watchman had previously accepted a sum of $150,000 from a Florida bar owner.

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But he reneged on the deal.

The sale of the handgun drew criticism due to the nature of the shooting, saying Zimmerman was seeking profit from the shooting.

The pistol sells new for about $US350 ($485). hosted the auction on May 21, after another site, removed the post.

The auction itself was littered with hoax buyers, as bidders with names such as “Racist McShootface” bid as high as $65m.

On the auction site, Mr Zimmerman described the gun as a “piece of American history” and “American Firearm Icon”.

He said it was used to “defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin”.

The killing became an important point in the creation of the Black Lives Matter movement in America.

Trayvon Martin was walking home from a shop in Sanford, Florida, in February 2012 when he was shot by Mr Zimmerman.

He was charged and acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter, saying he shot in self defence.

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