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Memorabilia from Talladega Nights to be Auctioned for Charity

By (BI) Breanna Burmeister

CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Beginning this week, racing aficionados and movie buffs will have an opportunity to bid on and buy four of the "prop" race cars driven by Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Sacha Baron Cohen in the filming of the hit Columbia Pictures' comedy Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby.

Sony Pictures has begun selling the iconic and highly collectible cars used in the movie's action-packed NASCAR racing sequences. Bids for the cars will be solicited for the next ten days at www.RickyBobby.com and eBay will feature the four cars for sale on its Movies/DVD page and its Entertainment Memorabilia Page.

The net proceeds from the car auctions will be donated to Variety's Kids: The Children's Charity and The NASCAR Foundation, in which Ferrell served as this year's Official Spokesperson for the Foundation's largest annual fundraiser, NASCAR Day.

In addition to the cars, other props and key costumes and wardrobe from the movie will also be offered for sale on the sites in the coming days.

All four of the prized cars were used in the filming of Talladega Nights, which was the number one film at the box office its opening weekend, grossing $47 million in the first three days of release.

The cars are being sold "as is" and none of the vehicles are street legal. They include two cars driven by Will Ferrell, who portrays the eponymous Ricky Bobby (the ME Car and the Wonder Bread HERO Car), one by actor John C. Reilly, who plays Ferrell's best friend, Cal Naughton, Jr. (the Old Spice Car) and the Perrier Car driven by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who portrays Ricky Bobby's rival Jean Girard.

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