An American actor, race-car driver Steve McQueen truly left an indelible print as one of the Hollywood’s sexiest leading man, as his balance of masculinity and sensitivity made him both a man’s man and a ladies’ man at once. Regarded as an epitome of American dream, McQueen, also nicknamed as ‘The King of Cool’ was an avid racer of both cars and motorcycles. Being the highest paid actor in the world in the early 1970s, and like many bike enthusiasts, McQueen was fond of collecting classic motorcycles, and many examples of the bikes he loved. By the time of his death on Nov. 7th 1980, his collection included over 100 and was valued in millions. Now, the historic 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross owned and ridden by Steve McQueen in ‘On Any Sunday’ will be up for grabs in the Bonhams 3rd annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction scheduled to be held on January 10th.
Notably, this lightweight, powerful and nimble Swedish-made Husqvarna ‘Husky’ became Hollywood Icon’s favorite shortly after it was first introduced in America back in 1970.
This genuine 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross which was known to be a brutal, unforgiving motorcycle comes with an exhaustive quality of documents supporting its provenance and authenticity.
Also earlier last year, Bonhams offered the 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross with frame and engine number MI3845 (pictured above), which was perhaps the best known of all McQueen’s Huskys by virtue of original documentation and provenance.
Speaking about the auction of Steve McQueen's memorabilia, we have earlier seen the sale of Steve McQueen's 1963 Ferrari Lusso which was expected to fetch $1 million, McQueen Le Mans Suit which becomes one of the most expensive celebrity memorabilia after being sold for $984,000, the Steve McQueen watch worn in the film "Le Mans" sold for $800,000, and recently the racing jacket worn by Steve McQueen fetched $50,000.