Steve McQueen’s Le Mans watch brings $800,000 at auction



2015-06-26 10:50:30

Steve McQueen’s Le Mans watch brings $800,000 at auction

1 Aug 2012, 10:37 GMT+01

The latest Profiles in History Hollywood auction recorded exceptional results, with many lots achieving prices far beyond their estimates.

The sale was packed with items from some of Hollywood’s most iconic stars and films, spanning decades of film history from Gone With The Winds to Ghostbusters. And topping the sale was one of the most sought-after stars from memorabilia collectors – Steve McQueen.

His screen-worn Heuer “Monaco” production 1133b wristwatch, as featured extensively in the classic racing film ‘Le Mans’, sold for an amazing $799,500, almost quadrupling its low estimate of $200,000. Also sold was the actor’s signed U.S passport used during filming on location in France, which brought $46,125.

A wealth of original Star Wars props and models were amongst the biggest-sellers, with top estimates surpassed in almost every case.

A production-made Snow Trooper helmet from The Empire Strikes Back sold for $276,750 against a top estimate of $80,000, an effects-shot model of Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing fighter from the same film sold for $221,400 against a top estimate of $60,000 and a production-made Darth Vader helmet sold for $110,700 against a tope estimate of $60,000.

Other notable lots from the world of Sci-Fi included a miniature drop ship used during the filming of Aliens which more than doubled its high estimate of $120,000 to sell for $276,750, an original screen-used proton pack from Ghostbusters which sold for $159,900 and the wheelchair used by Professor Xavier in the first three X-Men films which sold for $135,300.

Back to Earth, numerous iconic movie costumes drew high bids from collectors. A three-piece costume worn by Jeff Bridges as ‘The Dude’ in The Big Lebowski sold for $116,850, the brown overcoat worn by Marlon Brando during Don Vito Corleone’s assassination scene in The Godfather sold for $98,400 and Peter Boyle’s Frankenstein’s Monster suit from the classic Young Frankenstein sold for $33,825.

Amongst the more unusual items sold were a collection of four self-help books formerly owned by Marilyn Monroe which sold for $5,842.50 and John Wayne’s personal address book which sold for $3.075.

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See also

Main article: Profiles in History
Main article: Film memorabilia
Main article: Steve McQueen collectibles and memorabilia
Main article: Watches

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