LOS ANGELES – December 19, 2013 – Steve McQueen became associated with the Swedish brand Husqvarna in the early 70s, quickly becoming his preferred mount, and subsequently featured in many of his movies and photo shoots. The auction will take place on Saturday, December 21, 2013 beginning at 11:00AM PT at the Profiles in History offices located in Calabasas, CA.
This red and silver 1971 Husqvarna Moto-Cross 250 motorcycle is fully documented with the original Med-International Husqvarna dealer invoice, dated October 19, 1971, reflecting Solar Productions, McQueen’s production company, as being the buyer of “Husky Moto-Cross 250cc Frame # MI-4473 / Engine # 254319” for the total price of $898.
There is a typed note at the bottom of the invoice stating, “Ship to Valerians for Steve to have picked up.” Also included is the original Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin document, dated October 19, 1971, stating the matching Solar Productions buyer information, complete with matching make, model and serial number.
Under the influence of friend and stunt man Bud Ekins (who made the famous motorcycle jump over the fence in The Great Escape), McQueen usually rode Triumphs in the 1960s. But when Husqvarna appeared in the States, McQueen found another favorite, and famously rode a Husky in the 1971 film On Any Sunday.
The film created thousands of first time bikers in the U.S. and worldwide, and sales exploded for Husqvarna overnight. This Husqvarna 250 Cross is just like the bike McQueen rode at Lake Elsinore when he competed and raced at in 1970 & 1971 in “expert” class. The motorcycle has been restored; with the exception of some paint loss on the front fender, it remains in excellent running condition.
Steve McQueen motorcycles have always been highly coveted by collectors as they were owned by “the king of cool” and easy to display as cool pieces of art…
The last McQueen Husqvarna, also a 1971 but a 400 Cross model, set a world record when it sold in 2011 for $144,500
Earlier this year a McQueen 1946 Indian motorcycle sold for $145,750 and a 1931 Harley Davidson brought $137,500. Price estimate is $50,000 – $70,000.00.
Profiles in History will be providing internet-based bidding to qualified bidders in real-time on the day of the auction. For more information, please visit 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. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); Steve McQueen’s “Michael Delaney” racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe “Subway” Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com