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Steve McQueen’s cherished off-road motorcycle to be sold

1971 Husqvarna is one of the King of Cool’s most loved bikes and could fetch £150k at auction by Rob Hull from https://www.thisismoney.co.uk The 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross is one of around 200 bikes owned by the actor who often entered races It is said to be in ‘last ridden by McQueen’ condition and ‘not started’ since his ownership It is a later version of the bike the King of Cool rode in On Any Sunday – that one sold in 2018 for $230k Bonhams says it is ‘the best known of all McQueen’s Huskys by virtue of a known provenance and documents’ Auction house will offer it to the highest bidder at its sale in California on Friday – estimate is $130k-$180k A motorcycle belonging to the King of Cool, Steve McQueen, will go under the hammer on Friday and could sell for £150,000. The 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross is said to be one of the actor’s favourite bikes in an extensive collection, and it hasn’t been modified since he last rode it. The off-road motorbike will be offered to the highest bidder on Friday at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction held during Monterey Car Week in California. One of the most iconic scenes from a McQueen film was the Great Escape motorcycle jump, where his character Captain Virgil Hilts leaps over a barbed wire fence in his dramatic escape from the Nazi prisoner of war camp in the legendary WW2 film. The six-foot jump over the fencing wasn’t performed by the King of Cool himself in the 1963 hit – it was stunt man and frequent McQueen body double, Bud Ekins – as the actor later revealed his inexperienced riding skills meant he would not have been able to complete the stunt at the time of shooting. However, […]

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Steve McQueen’s first Husqvarna motorcycle may sell for a small fortune

by Gary Gastelu from  https://www.foxnews.com 1968 motocross bike valued at $100,000. Motorcycle enthusiast Steve McQueen owned dozens of bikes over the years, but a few are more special than others. This 1968 Husqvarna Viking 360 was the first of the brand’s bikes owned by Steve McQueen. (RM Sotheby’s). McQueen had a particular penchant for Husqvarna motorcycles, like the one he rode in the “On Any Sunday” documentary, and one is coming up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s Monterey, Calif., event on August 13. It’s not just any Husqvarna, but the first one he ever owned. His Solar Productions movie company purchased the 1968 Viking 360 from Swedish motocross rider Bengt Åberg just after he competed in a race on it in California. The single-cylinder two-stroke was fully restored in 2014 and remains in mint condition, so its next owner will have to decide if they want to chance messing it up to find out what it’s like to ride in McQueen’s riding boots. RM Sotheby’s estimates the Husky could sell for up to $100,000, which is a far cry from the millions that many of McQueen’s cars have sold for, but quite a lot for a dirt bike.

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