Steve McQueen and Clark Gable motorcycles up for auction

Published: 19 October 2007

A 1970 Kawasaki G31 belonging to actor Steve McQueen and 1934 Harley-Davidson RL formerly owned by Clark Gable are set to go up for auction on November 10 in LA.

The Bonhams and Butterfields auction is running in conjunction with the Love Ride and California Bike week at the Petersen Museum.

The Kawasaki that belonged to the star of The Great Escape and Bullet was hand painted by McQueen’s close friend Von Dutch and is expected to rake in between £7,000 and £10,000.

The RL Harley-Davidson that was owned and ridden by Gone with the Wind actor Clark Gable has been estimated at raking in even more money with a price tag between £12,000 and £17,000.

Dick Messer, director of the Petersen Museum said: “Bonhams is one of the oldest, largest and most active auction houses in the world and it’s an honour to host this auction and preview with them.

“The history, art and people represented in this sale, from the kings of the silver screen, to the king of counter culture (Von Dutch), to hot rods from the personal collection of the founder of this museum (Robert Petersen), is astounding.”