Frank Sinatra's Cadillac, Steve McQueen's Chevy truck to cross the block at ‘Classic California' auctionWed, 11 Nov 2009
Bonhams & Butterfields is having a star-studded auction this Saturday at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Lots of celebrity rides will cross the block at the event, which is being billed as a “Classic California” collection of cars, motorcycles and memorabilia. Here are some of the highlights:
-- Actor/racer Steve McQueen's 1949 Chevrolet pickup will be offered for sale for the first time by his widow, Barbara Minty McQueen. The truck is unrestored and is estimated to fetch $20,000 to $30,000.
Though McQueen was famous for his fast cars, he often favored pickups--like this one--to tool around Los Angeles under the radar, Bonhams & Butterfields said.
-- His 1941 Indian 74ci Chief Motorcycle also will be available. It was featured with the actor on the cover of Steve McQueen: The Last Mile. It was known as McQueen's “Hollywood” bike, and it could go for $55,000 to $65,000.
-- A 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt owned by McQueen's son, Chad McQueen, will cross the block as well, perhaps for $60,000 to $80,000.
-- Frank Sinatra will be represented with a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, which is pegged to get $100,000 to $125,000.
-- A 28-car collection of American and European rides from enthusiast Sam Garrett should generate plenty of interest as well.
By Greg Migliore