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News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - March 12, 2007--He was the misunderstood “bad” boy actor Faye Dunaway said could be cured with a little warmth and some home cooking.
Steve McQueen played memorable reluctant heroes caught in memorable messes. Audiences worldwide connected.
“The fact that he was so deeply anxious and insecure in his private life made his on-screen performances even more amazing given that he was nowhere near as confident as his screen roles,” said biographer Marshall Terrill in “Steve McQueen: Portrait of An American Rebel.”
That vulnerability coupled with Steve McQueen’s “cool” made his onscreen persona even more remarkable.
It’s hard to forget classic movies like “The Great Escape,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “Nevada Smith,” “The Getaway,” “Papillon,” “The Magnificent Seven” and others.
In a culture obsessed with celebrity, heirlooms from tough and tanned movie stars like McQueen show up like relics. Collectors cherish small things like credit cards and sunglasses as well as big things like pickup trucks and racing motorcycles.
On Nov. 11, for the first time in more than 20 years, a Steve McQueen auction was held in Los Angeles. McQueen’s widow Barbara was among those who donated cars, trucks and motorbikes to a sale at the Petersen Automotive Museum presented by Bonhams & Butterfields.
“It’s hard to believe that more than a quarter of a century has passed since Steve’s death,” said widow, Barbara McQueen. “This experience (auction) has been a stepping stone for me to move on, but it’s also a celebration of Steve’s life.”
A circa 1934 Indian Sport Scout motorcycle belonging to the actor brought $177,500. A serious collector, McQueen wouldn’t be without one of Indian’s most successful models.
Without a doubt, one of McQueen’s favorite vehicles, a classic 1958 GMC 101-series turquoise pickup truck sold for $128,000.
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