Steve McQueen's leather aviator's jacket,
Lot 187
Steve McQueen's leather aviator's jacket,
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,911) inc. premium
Lot Details
Steve McQueen's leather aviator's jacket,
dark brown leather with elastic sleeve cuffs and waist band, fur lined collar, in very good condition.

Footnotes

  • When asked by evangelist Billy Graham what his religion was, McQueen famously replied, 'it's the desert, the grass, the sun in the sky, my wife and kids – and my wheels.'

    Sammy Mason, Steve's flying instructor said of his pupil, 'Steve always operated at one speed, as fast as he could go – and he never new the meaning of the word quit'.

    Barbara McQueen wrote: "I think part of the attraction of flying for him was the ritual of dressing the part - Steve loved wearing the old fashioned goggles, jumpsuits and leather bomber jackets."

    In Steve's later years he became interested in flying and as with his accomplishments on two and four wheels he was a natural, 'he would fly until spent, sleep and fly again'. A licensed pilot, Steve owned numerous airplanes and his love of flying is well documented. At the Bonhams & Butterfields November 2006 Steve McQueen Sale his leather flying helmet and goggles, were offered for sale, in the 2013 Festival of Speed auction we are delighted to present Steve McQueen's leather aviator jacket. Clearly a favourite, it features in numerous images of McQueen and presents buyers with a rare opportunity to own a piece of McQueen history from his last 'piston engined' fascination.
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