O.J. Simpson’s Florida Driver’s License Fetches Over $6,700 At Auction

O.J. Simpson memorabilia continues to rake in thousands months after the controversial figure’s death. Simpson’s Florida driver’s license scored $6,710 at Goldin on Thursday night.

O.J. Simpson's driver's license
O.J. Simpson’s driver’s license. (credit: Goldin)

There were 70 bids before the auction ended.

“Offered here is Hall of Famer OJ Simpson’s Florida state driver’s license. The license was issued on Aug. 15th, 2007, expiring on July 9, 2011. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison for his role in the burglary of a sports memorabilia dealer on Oct. 3th, 2008, 13 years to the day he was acquitted for the murders of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. The license features a picture of Simpson, his facsimile signature beneath his visage, and contains scuffing,” Goldin writes in the description lot.

Simpson memorabilia has been a hot commodity since he died on April 10 at the age of 76 following a battle with prostate cancer. Last month, a signed Simpson dance recital program from the night Nicole Brown-Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed fetched $4,446 at Lelands. In April, Simpson’s unsigned Bank of America credit card sold for $10,675.

Simpson left behind a rather complicated legacy, to say the least. “The Juice” was one of the greatest running backs ever, becoming the first NFL player to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. On top of his Hall of Fame career, Simpson would end up starring in movies and commercials. For those growing up in the 1980s, he was instantly recognizable as a pitchman for Hertz, his role in “The Naked Gun” movies and as an NFL broadcaster.

That all changed, though, on June 12, 1994, when Brown-Simpson and Goldman were killed outside her condominium in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. Five days later, tens of millions of people watched the infamous white Ford Bronco chase where Simpson and his friend, Al Cowlings, led Los Angeles police on a slow-speed pursuit that ended at Simpson’s house, where he was eventually taken into custody.

What followed was the “Trial of the Century,” where after 11 months of testimony and only four hours of deliberations, Simpson was found not guilty of murder. However, a civil trial jury found Simpson liable in the deaths of Brown-Simpson and Goldman and ordered him to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families.

The trial divided a nation as it came on the heels of four Los Angeles police officers found not guilty of assault in the beating of Rodney King.

“I don’t think most of America believes I did it,” Simpson told The New York Times in 1995, shortly after the verdict. “I’ve gotten thousands of letters and telegrams from people supporting me.”

Simpson did end up spending nearly nine years in prison for stealing sports memorabilia at gunpoint inside a Las Vegas hotel room in September 2007. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery and other related charges on Oct. 3, 2008. He was released Oct. 1, 2017.

Simpson spent the last seven years of his life mainly out of the spotlight, but he was the subject of an FX miniseries and an ESPN documentary in 2016.

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