THE ONE AND ONLY AUTHENTIC “CAPTAIN AMERICA” MOTORCYCLE FROM POP-CULTURE MOVIE EASY RIDER

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THE ONE AND ONLY AUTHENTIC “CAPTAIN AMERICA” MOTORCYCLE FROM POP-CULTURE MOVIE EASY RIDER IS GOING…GOING….GONE!

A Bid Over $1,000,000.00 Predicted for The Auction of The World’s Most Famous Motorcycle At

Profiles in History’s Hollywood Auction Taking Place October 17th-20th 2014

For Immediate Release:

(Los Angeles, CA) (September 17, 2014)–Profiles in History (www.profilesinhistory.com), the nation’s leading entertainment auction house will host its Hollywood Auction from October 17-20, 2014 and will feature the most legendary motorcycle in the world, Peter Fonda’s famed “Captain America” from the 1969 classic, Easy Rider.  It is the only original and authentic motorcycle to exist from the classic movie and substantiated by three signed letters of authenticity: one from the National Motorcycle Museum (Anamosa, Iowa) signed by the Museum’s Director, a letter from Peter Fonda, and a signed letter of authenticity from Dan Haggerty attesting to all the facts in the Peter Fonda letter as being true and accurate. The pre-auction estimate is $1,000,000.00 – $1,200,000.

“Captain America’s stretched-out American-flag-adorned panhead chopper is one of the most iconic images in American film”, noted Joseph M. Maddalena, President and Chief Operating Officer, Profiles in History. “The bike evokes powerful emotions even in non-bikers. It personifies the 60’s, all of the good and the bad that decade brought. This is an opportunity for someone to own a pure piece of nostalgic entertainment history.”

The iconic red, white and blue stars and stripes panhead chopper, with chromed hard tail frame, was designed and built by two African-American chopper builders—Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy—following design cues provided by Peter Fonda himself.  There were two “Captain America” bikes built and ridden by Fonda for the making of Easy Rider to ensure shooting would continue should mechanical issues arise. In addition to this bike being ridden in the film, this bike was used in the climactic crash sequence at the end of the film. Following production, Fonda gave the motorcycle to fellow actor, Dan Haggerty, who helped maintain the motorcycles during the filming of Easy Rider. The whereabouts of the other “Captain America” bike is unknown. Prior to the film’s release, that “Captain America” motorcycle was stolen and presumed broken down and sold for its parts. The crash bike was fully restored by Dan Haggerty and displayed for 12 years at the National Motorcycle Museum of Anamosa. Not only does Fonda’s Easy Rider “Captain America” remain as the single most famous motorcycle ever created, its very image symbolizes the counter-culture movement the film inspired.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to benefit the American Humane Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals and children.

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, 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.

Auction Details:

October 17-20 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Location: Profiles in History Offices

26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701

About Profiles in History

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer and dealer of original Hollywood memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.

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 Additional info:

Full “Captain America” Auction Description:

Peter Fonda’s “Wyatt” iconic screen-used “Captain America” panhead chopper from Easy Rider.  (Columbia, 1969)  Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper’s landmark film Easy Rider was the third highest grossing film of 1969, earning Academy Award nominations for Best Writing and Best Supporting Actor (Jack Nicholson), quickly becoming the anthem for the Woodstock Generation’s increasing disillusionment with government and the establishment. In the film, two free-wheeling hippie bikers, Wyatt (Fonda) and Billy (Hopper), travel through the American Southwest and South exploring the societal landscape, issues and tensions in the United States during the 1960s. Fonda’s iconic red, white and blue stars and stripes panhead chopper, with chromed hard tail frame, was designed and built by two African-American chopper builders—Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy—following design cues provided by Fonda. The motorcycle measures 98 in. long and 60 in. high (at the top of the sissy bar) and weighs approximately 650 lbs. There were two “Captain America” bikes built and ridden by Fonda for the making of Easy Rider to ensure shooting would continue should mechanical issues arise. In addition to this bike being ridden in the film, this bike was used in the climactic crash sequence at the end of the film. Following production, Fonda gave the motorcycle to fellow actor, Dan Haggerty, who helped maintain the motorcycles during the filming of Easy Rider. The whereabouts of the other Captain America bike is unknown. Prior to the film’s release, that Captain America motorcycle was stolen and most likely broken down and sold for its parts. The crash bike was fully restored by Dan Haggerty and displayed for 12 years at the National Motorcycle Museum of Anamosa, Iowa. The motorcycle is accompanied by three signed letters of authenticity: 1) one from the National Motorcycle Museum signed by the museum’s director, dated December 30, 2013, stating (in part): “The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa has had on display the only remaining original Easy Rider “Captain America” Harley-Davidson that now exists.  This bike was the Captain America motorcycle that was in the final crash scene of the movie…”; 2) a letter from Peter Fonda, dated August 28, 2003, stating (in full): Certificate of Authenticity I, Peter Fonda, 100% guarantee this to be the only, last, original, authentic ‘Captain America’ motorcycle from the 1969 movie ‘Easy Rider.’ This bike was built and ridden in order to switch back and forth due to the rigors of film production. This bike was also used in the crash sequence at the end of the movie. When filming was done, I gave the motorcycle to Dan Haggerty as a memento of his work on the film ‘Easy Rider.’ Dan later reassembled and restored the bike at his Woodland Hills, California home. No other authentic Captain America motorcycle exists. [signed] Peter Fonda”; 3) a signed letter of authenticity from Dan Haggerty, dated July 5, 2002, attesting to all the facts in the Peter Fonda letter as being true and accurate (as well as adding the VIN number).

Not only does Fonda’s Easy Rider “Captain America” remain as the single most famous motorcycle ever created, its very image symbolizes the counter-culture movement the film inspired. Sold on a Bill of Sale. Worthy of inclusion in the finest museums and collections. Special shipping arrangements will apply.   Estimate: $1,000,000 – $1,200,000

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