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DOZENS OF STEVE MCQUEEN ITEMS SET TO GO TO AUCTION THIS SUMMER
'YUCATAN' TRUNKS, BAJA TRUCK, '31 HARLEY AND MORE
JULY 26-27 AT THE BARKER HANGAR IN SANTA MONICA, CA
|Leather bound binders filled with drawings, storyboard
illustrations, photographs and a detailed script for 'Yucatan'
|Los Angeles, CA - June 21, 2013 - Steve McQueen - known as cinema's 'King of Cool' - will receive top billing once again at
the inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction: Celebrating the Legendary History of Hollywood on July 26-27, 2013 at the Barker Hanger
in Santa Monica, California. The two-day extravaganza will feature more than 2,000 artifacts and collectibles from cars to motorcycles
to props, from the golden years of Hollywood to present day.|
More than 100 items from McQueen's short but impactful life and career (1930-1980) will be offered to the public for the very first time. Some of the items will include the storied "Yucatan" trunks; a 1969 C/10 Baja Truck; an original storyboard set from The Thomas Crown Affair; key frames from Le Mans; a lasso from Tom Horn; a 1931 Harley Davidson VL 74 that was awaiting restoration at the time of his death and a 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross that he personally purchased from Edison Dye. About a dozen items consigned by his widow Barbara McQueen, which includes a rare autograph, tin toys, a glass shaker set, a bathrobe, antique lamp and fan. Barbara McQueen will be present at the auction to authentic her collection.
McQueen's Yucatan trunks represent the "Holy Grail" of McQueen's movie career. Only three in existence, these trunks garnered a 2005 front -page feature
story in the entertainment section of
The New York Times, with the movie now in production as a feature film starring Robert Downey, Jr. The two trunks
contain 16 leather-bound notebooks filled with drawings, storyboard illustrations, photographs and a detailed script for Yucatan. Slated to be McQueen's
follow-up to his racing epic Le Mans, the superstar, screenwriter Harry Kleiner and Solar production illustrator Nikita Knatz worked two years (1969-1971)
on this "lost classic." Knatz's widow, Patricia, is also auctioning her late husband's work, which includes storyboards from The Thomas Crown Affair,
Le Mans and The Hunter as well as a pair of his and her Solar production jackets; two Solar footlockers and a cast-signed original script of
The Thomas Crown Affair. |
Equally as impressive and just as rare as the Yucatan trunks will be McQueen's 1969 Chevrolet C/10 Baja race truck designed by off-road motoring visionary Vic Hickey. The full-sized 4 x 4 truck was constructed by Chevrolet and saw its debut in the inaugural '68 Baja 1000. It was sold to McQueen in 1970, who held onto the truck until 1972. With just over 14,000 original miles, the truck still sports the original red paint along with many other original parts, accessories, and Hickey racing customizations.
The '31 Harley was awaiting restoration at McQueen's private Ventura County warehouse when he was suddenly diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in December 1979. McQueen passed away almost a year later and never saw the bike restored to its former glory. It includes the original engine, body and frame, and the paint reflects a period-correct color combination of red, black and gold. Other noteworthy features include rear wheel brakes, three-speed transmission, single tube muffler, instrument panel, toolbox, front and rear wheel stands, horn and black leather saddle. The provenance on the classic bike includes an original certificate of authenticity, bill of sale and official odometer mileage statement from the McQueen Estate Auction in November 1984.
To consign an item or to become a pre-registered bidder at the auction, visit www.mecum.com or call (262) 275-5050.
Thursday, July 25, 6:00pm - 9:00pm // Friday, July 26, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
LIVE AUCTION TIMES:
Friday July 26, 5:00pm - 9:00pm // Saturday, July 27, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
* Admission: $20 per person per day, children 12 and younger admitted free
Opens July 5 exclusively at www.mecum.com
Barker Hangar: 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405-6101 www.barkerhangar.com
|1969 Chevrolet Steve McQueen Baja Hickey Race Truck||Le Mans Story Board|