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EVEL KNIEVEL SCREEN-USED HARLEY-DAVIDSON XLCH 1000 EAGLE ‘STRATOCYCLE’ FROM “VIVA KNIEVEL,” THE FIRST FILM-USED KNIEVEL MOTORCYCLE EVER MADE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, TO BE OFFERED BY PROFILES IN HISTORY AS PART OF THEIR 3-DAY, MULTIMILLION DOLLAR AUCTION, SEPTEMBER 29-OCTOBER 1, 2015
Knievel rode the Stratocycle in the film, its theatrical trailer and marketing materials
Calabasas, CA—September 10, 2015— Evel Knievel’s screen-used Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 Eagle ‘Stratocycle’ from Viva Knievel, the first film-used Knievel motorcycle ever made available for sale, will be offered by Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, as part of their highly anticipated Hollywood Auction 74, September 29 through October 1, 2015.The bike was ridden by Knievel in the dramatic, daring rescue sequence when he breaks his mechanic friend, played by Gene Kelly, out of a mental hospital. This immediately recognizable motorcycle comes with original Warner Brothers California registration and has an unbroken chain of documented ownership. The toy version of this Stratocycle, made by Ideal Toy Company, is the most valuable and collectable of all Evel Knievel toys. (Please see the complete description below)
The eye of the public is once again keenly focused on Evel Knievel’s life and exploits, with much due to the new, critically acclaimed documentary film, Being Evel.
“An American institution, Evel Knievel combined sportsmanship and show business making him one of the most famous performers in history. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History holds one of Knievel’s motorcycles in its vaunted collection. This Stratocycle represents Evel’s jump from daredevil to film hero.“
Joe Maddalena, President/CEO, Profiles in History
Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, fax, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit www.profilesinhistory.com.
Lot 1374. Evel Knievel screen used Harley-Davidson XLCH 1000 Eagle “Stratocycle” from Viva Knievel! (Warner Bros., 1977) The motorcycle, custom built on a modified 1976 Harley XLCH Sportster 1000, features a futuristic fiberglass fairing with integral wings, custom exhaust ports, and sports a red, white and blue eagle-motif paint scheme. Ridden by Knievel in the daring rescue sequence when he breaks his mechanic friend, played by Gene Kelly, out of the mental hospital. Its unique and dramatic appearance prompted a toy version of the Stratocycle to be made by Ideal Toy Company (the most valuable and collectable of all Evel Knievel toys). The provenance of this motorcycle is exceptional: it comes with original California registration card issued for (VIN# 4A20750H6) from “AMF Harley Davidson MTR Co.” to “Warner Bros. Inc.” and an original invoice from Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Inc., dated 8-14-78, selling the motorcycle following the production to “Rich Budelier Company” (the Los Angeles Harley dealership which provided the motorcycles for the film) with the following notation: “Used in Evil [sic] Knievel Movie. To be sold for $500. No freight per Tom Bolfert…4A20750H6 Note 1976 bike.” (Tom Bolfert was the ex-head of archives for the Harley-Davidson Motor Co.) The motorcycle has undergone cosmetic restoration; the Plexiglas windscreen and alloy wheels have been replaced to bring it back to screen appearance. Measures 96 in. long x 60 in. wide x 54 in. tall. Sold on a Bill of Sale. This is the only known film-used, stunt-ridden motorcycle by Evel Knievel to reach the auction block. Worthy of inclusion in the finest collections of Motorcycles and Americana. $200,000 – $300,000
Day 1: Tuesday, September 29, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 1-631:
Day 2: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 632-1264
Day 3: Thursday, October 1, 2015 11:00am Pacific Time—Lots 1265-1905
Location: Profiles in History Offices
26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701
For updates and details on the auction: www.profilesinhistory.com
About Profiles in History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. www.profilesinhistory.com.