The handgun used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012 has been sold in a private auction, according to the website that hosted the sale.

George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of Trayvon’s murder, auctioned the gun, calling it an “American icon”.

Auction host,, did not disclose the sale price.

The sale of the gun has drawn criticism from those claiming Zimmerman was seeking to profit from Trayvon’s death.

Gun rights advocates have applauded him for exercising his legal rights under current US law.

There were two separate auctions being hosted on – one for prequalified bidders and one for the general public.

Source: Gun that killed Trayvon Martin ‘sold’ in private auction – BBC News