Obiang Nguema, who is believed to have a net worth of around $600 million, also suffered the devastating setback of losing his 76-meter (250 ft) luxury yacht to Swiss authorities.

In 2017, he was sentenced to three years’ jail time by a French court, after he was convicted of siphoning off public money to buy artwork, automobiles, and other trappings of an international playboy. (Three hundred bottles of Château Pétrus wine, bought for €2.1 million, or $2.3 million, were just the beginning.) The case has since been appealed. As part of a deal with prosecutors, $23 million from the sale will be sent to social causes in Equatorial Guinea.

In the auctioneers’ notes, the Roadster was described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” complete with “owner’s handbook, car cover, all books and tools, and Equatorial Guinea registration papers and technical inspection.” Given its final sale price of $8.3 million, the chance to look like an international super-villain apparently doesn’t come cheap.

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