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UPDATE: Top Bidder for Millionth Duck Call of the Year Drops Out, New Auction Set

The top bidder for the one millionth duck call for charity has dropped out and a new auction is coming.
UPDATE 2:30 p.m. -- Duck Commander has released a statement on what happened with the top bidder dropping out of the one-millionth duck call of the year, and why they chose to re-list the call:

"This call was indeed up for sale before but the transaction was not completed. However, due to the attention the initial sale received and our desire to benefit the Northeast Louisiana Veteran's Association, we decided to re-list this item," the organization said.

The call, signed by Phil Robertson, went up for auction at the start of November and went to the top bidder at $80,100 dollars, but the top bidder backed out and the second-highest bidder was not responding.

The proceeds from the call are meant to go to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association and their Wounded Warrior hunts.

"For PTSD, therapy is time with others, camaraderie and activity that is on their own," NELVA Board Member, John Nolan, said. "Every two hours in the deer stand, you can literally see a little bit higher step whenever they come back."

Nolan said these hunts not only benefit the veterans but also the community.

"When the general public can see that good happening in front of them, that's where their money went. Perfect," he said.

Duck Commander said the re-auction starts Wednesday back on eBay, but to prevent this from happening again, Duck Commander said they're partnering with the 3rd-party auction management agency, KOMPOLT.

"Anyone can really go in and just start bidding and you want to make sure that the people who are bidding really want it and they just aren't messing with the auction just to drive up a price," said KOMPOLT Vice President, Geri Wilhelm.

KOMPOLT will handle auction management and pre-qualifying bidders.

Wilhelm explained, “We have a bidder pre-qualification system in place that requires personal interaction from the bidders to make sure they are serious about the purchase, and in some cases, requires financial records to make sure they can afford the item.”

The auction starts November 27th at 1 p.m. CST and goes until December 7th at 1 p.m. CST.

The link to the listing is here.

That link will not become active until the auction begins Wednesday.

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WEST MONROE -- Representatives with Duck Commander confirmed to KTVE/KARD that the top bidder for Phil Robertson's one-millionth duck call of the year has dropped out of their payment.

The call, signed by Phil Robertson, was first made at the beginning of November and at the end of the call's Ebay auction, it was sold for $80,100.

That money was to go to the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association, which helps put on hunts for wounded veterans and is putting together a homeless veterans shelter in Bastrop.

Duck Commander representatives also told KTVE/KARD the second-highest bidder is not responding to them.

They said a new auction will now take place for the one-millionth duck call to continue trying to raise funds for the NELVA.

Duck Commander reps. said that new auction will take place on Ebay and will run 10 days, from 1 p.m. CST on November 27th to 1 p.m. CST on December 7th.

Keep it tuned to KTVE/KARD as we continue to keep you updated on the new auction.
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