Christie's to sell Porsche from racing movie Le Mans
Christie's are set to auction a vintage Porsche from the classic Steve McQueen film Le Mans.
The classic car will amongst the star lots of the forthcoming Exceptional Sale, which features everything from important artworks and sculpture to antique furniture and decorative objects.
The Porsche 911 T Coupe was one of several Porsches featured in Le Mans, the 1971 film regarded as one of the best racing movies of all time.
Steve McQueen played the American race driver Michael Delaney, who competes for the Porsche team in the famous race, and many of the cars were provided by Swiss racing legend Josef 'Jo' Siffert who had himself driven a Porsche 907 to victory at Le Mans.
Siffert earned a good living renting cars to the production, and doubled as McQueen in the film's main racing scenes as the actor could not get insurance clearance to drive himself.
Following production, the 911 T Coupe was gifted to McQueen's co-star, German actress Elga Andersen, who had engaged in an affair with McQueen during filming. Andersen then registered the car in Switzerland, and kept it for the rest of her life until she passed away in 1994, when she bequeathed it to a close friend.
With just three owners from new, 46,350 km on the clock and a host of original features, the Porsche is both a vintage classic and a piece of cinema history, and will be sold with an estimated price of €250,000 – €350,000 ($283,664 - $397,130).
The Christie's inaugural Exceptional Sale in Paris takes place on November 4.
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