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Steve McQueen bike up for auction

Published 08/04/2013|15:12

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Steve McQueen's bike is up for sale

Steve McQueen's old motorbike is set to go under the hammer.

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The 1914 Indian Model F once owned by the daredevil actor is among more than 240 bikes going up for auction at the Bonhams sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford on April 28.

The bike, which is expected to sell for between £22,000 and £28,000, is an example of a board-track racing motorcycle. It was bought by its current owner at an auction in the US three years ago and has since been housed in his private collection.

Hollywood legend McQueen, known as the King of Cool, was an avid motorbike and racing car enthusiast and regularly took part in races.

He collected classic motorcycles and was believed to have a collection of more than 100 at the time of his death in 1980.

Ben Walker, head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: "This machine was part of McQueen's collection rather than one he would have raced. He would have wanted this rare find purely for his pleasure and enjoyment as a collector."

The sale will take place at the Staffordshire County Showground from 9am on April 28.

The actor was known for movies such as Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon.

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