DALLAS, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – After a heated bidding war, a Robert E. Lee statue removed per city council vote from a Dallas park in 2017 now has a new owner.

A bidder only known as “LawDude” bought it for $1,435,000.

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Another bidder, “MustangJerry,” who was the first to bid at $450,000 topped out at $1,432,500 after placing 20 bids.

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The council voted earlier in 2019 to sell the 1936 Alexander Phimister Proctor, ”Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Soldier” sculpture at auction for no less than $450,000.

That amount allows the city to recoup the funds spent to take the statue down.

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(credit: CBSDFW.COM)