McQueen Motorbikes & Memorabilia Bring Big $
Two of legendary actor Steve McQueen's motorbikes and "The King of Cool's" international driver's license took top spots on Saturday at Bonhams & Butterfields' first-ever motorcycle and memorabilia auction at the Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club in Carmel, CA, held during the inaugural The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, an event showcasing the finest motorcycles from the past, present and future. The auction, which brought in $941,000 total, featured spirited bidding and international interest.
$84,240 was paid for McQueen's 1963 Triumph Bonneville Desert Sled, built by stunt rider and off-road racing champ Bud Ekins and painted by iconic detailer Von Dutch, while another bidder paid $39,780 for McQueen's last vintage bike purchase – a 1929 Harley-Davidson 45ci DL. Another enthusiastic McQueen fan and collector paid $42,700 - more than four times its estimate - for the International Driver's License (above) issued to the actor in 1964. The 3.5x5-inch license displays his portrait photo and signature and came to auction from the collection of his first wife.