Robert E. Lee statue removed from Dallas park sells for $1.4 million

The South has risen again — sort of.

A Robert E. Lee statue removed from a Dallas park sold for an impressive $1,435,000 in an online auction on Wednesday.

A total of 84 bids were made, including the winning bid from a person identified only as “LawDude,” according to The Lonestar Auctioneers Inc. website.

The “Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Soldier” statue was removed from Lee Park by the city council after a vote in 2017. The park was renamed Turtle Creek Park earlier this year.

Council members approved the sale with two restrictions: it had to be sold for more than the cost to remove it from Lee Park, which was $450,000, and that it was not to be publicly displayed in Dallas.

If the statue is ever sold again, the next owner must also comply with that restriction.

The bronze sculpture was created by Alexander Phimister Proctor in 1936. The sculpture was restored in 1991 and is estimated to weigh 16,500 pounds, NBCDFW reported.

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