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Own a historical piece of show biz

The famous Monkees mobile will be available for the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in the US.

Well, these two celebrity cars and many more will be auctioned at the renowned Barrett-Jackson classic car auction in the US.

If the budget can stretch, each car is expected to fetch more than $500,000.

The weird and wonderful Monkee-mobile was made famous in the hit 1960s television series The Monkees.

The restored car is based on a 1966 Pontiac GTO and was modified into a convertible by US hotrod legend George Barris.

If the Monkee-mobile does not appeal, Cooper, a noted car collector, is parting with his 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing custom

recreation and there's also the original truck used in the Beverly Hillbillies TV series.

Apart from the Monkee-mobile and Cooper's Mercedes, fans of the 1991 Oscar-winning film Thelma and Louise can bid for the original 1966 Ford Thunderbird used in the film.

There's also a Hummer and trailer used on the 2006 movie Miami Vice and actor William Shatner's custom-painted 1995 Harley Davidson.

Also up for grabs is the 1969 V8 Dodge Charger coupe, more commonly known as the General Lee car, from the television series Dukes of Hazzard.

The Barrett-Jackson sale is billed as the world's greatest car-collector event.

The televised six-day event starts 12, January 2008 and officials expect to sell more than 1000 cars.

It comes only months after Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone auctioned his car collection.

Once of Ecclestone's cars, a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K special roadster sold for almost $10 million.

Apart from the celebrity cars, a host of muscle cars and classics, including Ford Mustangs and mint-condition Chevrolet Corvettes from 1954 to 2007, will go under the hammer.

Barrett-Jackson will auction a vintage Shelby Mustang from each year performance legend Carroll Shelby produced his street-ripping 1960s classics.

The highlight of the collection will be Shelby's personal 1969 GT500 convertible, followed by a pristine 1967 GT500 originally given by Shelby to his son Mike.