Published: July 18, 2000
If you think Hollywood can’t upstage itself, think again. Riding the crest of a huge wave of box office success, Warner Bros. is making cinematic history with its auction on eBay of the Lady Grace, the actual working fishing boat used to portray the Andrea Gail during the production of the film The Perfect Storm. The opening bid for the boat began at $115,000 and 20 bids later, the auction closed at $145,100.
The Lady Grace is a 93-ton commercial fishing boat. It served as the central setting for the incredible true story of a crew of five fishermen from Gloucester, Mass., who, in 1991, attempted to ride out a storm that has now become legend.
Warner Bros. will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Gloucester Fund, benefiting those who were impacted by the events depicted in The Perfect Storm.
The Lady Grace is currently in Hamburg, Germany, for the film’s July 18 premiere there. The boat was built simultaneously with the Andrea Gail in 1978, and is an operational steel-hulled, western rigged fishing vessel currently set up for long voyages. The boat measures 72 feet overall and has a fish-holding capacity of 20,000 lbs.
During the film’s production in March 1999, Warner Bros. purchased the Lady Grace, which was then docked in Ocean City, Md. The art department then transformed the vessel into the Andrea Gail and set off for Los Angeles with its crew of four men to begin filming in June.
The Lady Grace was sold “as is” with no warranties and no guarantee of its seaworthiness. The cost of transporting the boat from Germany to a harbor of choice will be the sole responsibility of the buyer.
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