Have you ever watched “Gone in 60 Seconds” or “Bullitt” and yearned with all your heart to be as cool as Steve McQueen? Well, you can’t. But late this October, you can bid on some of his most coveted belongings.
A collection of early McQueen memorabilia will be up for bidding at the sixth annual “Classic California” auction at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Past sales have seen McQueen’s 1958 GMC truck go for $125,000 and his 1934 Indian Scout motorcycle for an even more dizzying $150,000. This year, though, the auction block will see some of the King of Cool’s more personal items, including his first racing trophy, the original signed contract for “Bullitt,” and several of his firearms. The memorabilia is cosigned by his first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel.
Mark Osborne of Bonhams & Butterfields said he expects bidding on certain items, like a card McQueen signed “Esteban,” to “absolutely fly through the roof.” But he said the more budget-conscious fanatic should be able to walk away with a piece of McQueen history.
“One would hope that you’d be able to pick up something in the $500 range,” he said.
The collection will be auctioned on Oct. 25th.