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O.J Simpson’s driving licenses up for auction

A pair of O.J Simpson’s driving licenses are reportedly heading for the auction block later this year.

The two licenses will be offered for sale this October through sports memorabilia specialists SCP Auctions.

"The two different licenses will be auctioned off separately,” said auction house spokesperson Terry Melia.

"The one that was issued during the trial, in 1995, should certainly attract more bids and thus go for a higher price.

"We have that one estimated to go for $5,000 or more, while the license issued in 2000 has a high estimate of $1,500.”

O.J Simpson remains one of the most notorious figures in U.S popular culture: the football hero and movie star who was accused of double murder and somehow got away with it.

In 1994 Simpson famously fled from authorities in a televised police chase, before being arrested and charged with the violent murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

In 1995, during one of the most-watched television events in U.S history, 150 million viewers saw him found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

However, two years later in 1997 he was found guilty in a civil suit brought by Goldman’s parents, and ordered to pay more than $33 million in compensation – which he avoided by declaring himself bankrupt.

Simpson has spent the past nine years in a Nevada prison for his part in a 2007 armed robbery, in which he tried to recover a stash of his own sports memorabilia from a pair of Las Vegas dealers.

Ironically, his efforts to avoid paying Goldman’s parents their compensation had driven him into selling his memorabilia through less-than-legitimate channels – a situation which eventually led to the robbery.

Having been sentenced to 33 years in prison, he was granted early parole during a hearing on July 21, and will be released on October 1 – just in time to bid in the auction.

"Despite what you think of O.J. Simpson, there remains a real fascination about him with collectors," said Melia.

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