McQueen’s Jacket and Fonda’s Harley to be Sold

San Francisco, CA. October 17, 2007 –Can there ever be too much of a good thing? Internationally renowned auction house Bonhams answers resoundingly by adding further headline-making items to their already astounding Petersen Automotive Museum sale roster.

In addition to pieces owned by actor Clark Gable and counter culture icon Von Dutch, Bonhams & Butterfields will be offering for sale next month the personal leather flight jacket of Steve McQueen, and Peter Fonda’s personal
1998 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King.

The King of Cool, as the legendary McQueen was crowned, was not only an accomplished motorcyclist and motorist, but also an avid aviator flying vintage bi-planes in his later years. As seen in the attached photo, courtesy of McQueen’s widow, Barbara, the jacket was an integral component of McQueen’s flight kit and accompanied him each time he flew.

Captain America, as Peter Fonda is still lovingly called, has made over 70 movies of varying subjects but has been and always will be inextricably linked to motorcycles. His well-used and well-maintained Harley Road King offers a rare opportunity to own a bike from the quintessential easy rider.

Other newsworthy highlights to be offered include:

Clark Gable’s 1934 Harley-Davidson RL

Steve McQueen’s 1926 Scott Standard Tourer, painted by Von Dutch

Steve McQueen’s 1970 Kawasaki G31 Centurion custom painted by Von Dutch Dozens of Von Dutch (a.k.a. Kenneth Howard) items, including:

o Von Dutch’s engraved crash helmet – his most prized possession

o Von Dutch’s personal hand-tooled leather satchel

o Von Dutch’s sign from his Tempe, Arizona shop

o Panels from Stan Betz’s El Camino car hand-painted by Von Dutch

o Several black powder pistols and a buck knife scratch-built by Von Dutch

o A 1919 Cleveland Single painted by Von Dutch

This annual Bonhams & Butterfields auction offering a once-in-a-lifetime selection of items from some of popular culture’s greatest icons will be held Saturday, November 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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