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SOLD: Giant middle finger statue erected to scorn ex-wife, funds donated to charity

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The owner of the infamous middle finger sculpture in his Orchard Lake backyard has sold the statue and donated the profits to a homeless charity in Detroit.

Alan Markovitz has said he erected the 12-foot-tall sculpture back in 2013 to get back at his ex-wife, who had just moved in with her new lover in the house next door to his. The installation of the sculpture even included a spotlight to keep the message illuminated at all hours.

Markovitz sold it for $5,000. He donated the money to Heart 2 Hart Detroit, a nonprofit that hand delivers essential supplies to homeless people in Detroit. The nonprofit was started by Larry Oleinick who has known Markovitz for nearly 50 years.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from Oleinick in a report from FOX 2's Randy Wimbley

Markovitz owns three strip clubs in Detroit and recently wrote a book about his entrepreneurship, which is reportedly being turned into a TV reality series on Cinemax that will premier in the spring.

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