Recognized for performing many of his own stunts, an acclaimed American movie actor, an avid motorcycle and racing car enthusiast who also competed in professional races, Steve McQueen, nicknamed as ‘The King of Cool’ has done it all. Known for his rugged good looks and cool, tough guy persona, McQueen was actually able to straddle that line where men wanted to be him and women just loved him. And, anything related to this ‘cool’ legend becomes practically cool and a sought-after thing, which becomes truly apparent from the recent sale of the Heuer Monaco wrist-watch that graced Steve McQueen’s wrist in the iconic 1971 auto-racing drama film ‘Le Mans’ for a price of nearly $800,000 at an auction of film memorabilia. However, it’s not new when memorabilia associated with Steve McQueen fetched record price, as we have earlier seen the sale of McQueen Le Mans suit for $984,000 to become one of the most expensive celebrity memorabilia.
Reportedly, there are just four Heuer Monacos that rightfully stake the prestigious claim to having been sported by McQueen in Le Mans, which is considered to be the most historically realistic representation in the history of the race.
Reportedly, Steve McQueen himself chose this specific watch to wear as his character “Michael Delaney” during production and in ‘publicity photos’, which is actually a term used in Hollywood for showcasing a product or person. And, this wristwatch is also visible on the arm of Steve in countless photos and the ultimate film.
Housed in a red, spring-hinged case sporting the Heuer logo and a checkered flag motif, this handsome timepiece gets completed with a buckled, black leather vented strap.
The auction house, Profiles in History also stated that a signed U.S. passport belonging to McQueen also fetched a handsome price of $46,125.