Bonhams and Butterfields
The Steve McQueen Collection
Nov 11, 2006
Title: The Steve McQueen Sale
Collections, Provenance: Estate of Steve McQueen (actor)
Auction House: Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, California
Sale Date November 11, 2006
Pages: 121 pages
Format, Size: Softcover, 8 1/4" by 10 1/2"
Lots: 216 lots
Illustrations: full-color plates of all lots, plus additional black-and-white historic photographs of McQueen
Texts: Foreword by Marshall Terrill, Introduction by Mark Osbourne, A Note by Barbara McQueen
Additional Information: Separate sheets of final auction prices realized included.
Catalog issued in conjunction with the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction of the personal property of noted actor Steve McQueen. Held at The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, this auction consisted of 216 lots -- here are photographed in full-color and described in detail. Additional texts (see above) and historic black-and-white photographs of the actor as well.
three motorcycles: Harley Davidson 1929 Model B; Indian Sport Scout circa 1934; Indian Powerplus Daytona Racing Motorcycle circa 1920
GMC Pickup Truck 1958 with personalized license plate
Wurlitzer jukebox Model 1015
McQueen's Grocery cash register
antique metal scales
leather chaps from the movie 'Tom Horn'
vintage horse saddles
personal letters and presentation film scripts
Belstaff motorcycle jacket
folding knife inscribed by Von Dutch for Steve
other hunting knives
rifles - Winchester, Parker Brothers, Remington, Savage, Colt
Buck Rogers toy gun with holster
Coca-Cola advertising standee
Harley Davidson headlight clock
Indian Gasoline enamel advertisement sign
McQueen's personalized license plates
Hubley Harley Davidson motorcycle cast-iron toys
Arcade cast iron Greyhound buses
tinplate wind-up toys: Donald Duck, Tidy Tim, Popeye, Charlie McCarthy, Rodeo Joe
airplane painting by Wendell Dowling
vintage movie posters
vintage Eveready Batteries advertising posters
Indian Motorcycles ephemera, advertising brochures, pamphlets, sales materials
other vintage motorcycle photographs and ephemera
Press Release: "Bonhams & Butterfields is honored to be appointed by Barbara McQueen Brunsvold to present for sale at auction hundreds of personal effects belonging to the utterly charismatic, much-loved - and much-missed - 20th Century icon Steve McQueen. The sale, set to take place Saturday November 11th at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, will feature Steve McQueen's personal collection including motorcycles, and motorcycle clothing - including his Belstaff jacket and padded motorcycle sweatshirts."
"The auction will also feature tinplate toys from the movie The Hunter together with guns, saddles, and other movie props from Tom Horn. In addition to clothes and tinplate toys, the sale will feature a vast array of motoring memorabilia including enamel advertising signs, petrol pumps, and sale brochures - many for Indian Motorcycles - a marque that Steve adored so passionately."
"Steve's truck - bearing the license plate number MCQ3188, a reference to the time he spent at the Junior Boys Republic Reform School in Chino as a teenager - will be offered, as will a pair of his Persol foldaway sunglasses - made famous by Steve in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair and in countless images in the many books about 'The King of Cool'."
"The personal effects offered at this sale have never previously been exhibited and therefore represent a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to own a part of the McQueen Legend."