It got him into trouble at customs, but ultimately paid off: American actor Arnold Schwarzenegger auctioned off a luxury watch on Thursday evening for 270,000 euros that he had forgotten To when he landed in Munich last week. A day before.
“A happy ending for Arnold Schwarzenegger's customs adventure,” wrote in a news release Friday the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative, an environmental group that will accept funds raised during the evening in the upscale Austrian ski resort of Kitzbühel.
On stage and to the great amusement of his 160 hand-picked guests, including American climate envoy John Kerry, the Hollywood star put on a show, joking about the incident in Munich, about the watch and the handcuffs the officials could have put on him.
“It was a crazy experience,” he told an enthusiastic audience, according to a video broadcast by celebrity news site TMZ.
The 76-year-old Austrian-American and former governor of California, who arrived in Munich from the USA, was arrested on Wednesday at the southern German airport because he had not declared these goods to customs. Swiss brand value. Criminal proceedings were initiated against him for tax fraud.
In addition to the clock, works of art and even a training session with the former weightlifter were also auctioned off on Thursday evening. A total of 1.31 million euros was raised to support projects close to the actor's heart, who organizes a climate conference in Vienna every year.