It was part of a seized supercar collection belonging to a corrupt dictator.
Back in 2016, a supercar collection belonging to Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice President of Equatorial Guinea and son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, was seized by Swiss authorities as part of an investigation into money laundering.
Three years later, 25 luxury and supercars that were confiscated from the corrupt dictator were recently sold at a Bonhams auction in Switzerland. One of the star cars in the coveted collection was a very rare Lamborghini Veneno Roadster.
One of only nine ever made to celebrate Lamborghini's 50th anniversary, this particular Veneno was finished in white and had the dictator's initials 'TNO' painted on the hood. This was also the first time a Veneno Roadster had ever been sold at a public auction and it only had 202 miles on the clock.
As a result, it was expected to fetch over $5 million, but the winning bidder paid considerably more than that. After a two-way bidding battle, the Veneno Roadster was sold for a staggering $8.3 million to a private collector, making it the most expensive Lamborghini to ever sell at auction. That's nearly double the car's original value, as it would have set you back $4.5 million when it was new in 2014.
Other exotic cars from the seized supercar collection sold at the auction included a 2014 Koenigsegg One:1, one of only six ever made by the Swedish automaker. With only 370 miles on the clock, the One:1 sold for $4.6 million.
A 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari with 621 miles on the clock sold for $2.1 million, a 2011 Aston Martin One-77, the 35th example out of 77 ever made, sold for $1.5 million, and a 2010 Bugatti Veyron sold for $1.3 million. In total, the supercar collection sold for $36 million with a sale rate of 86 percent.