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Bikes of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Dennis Hopper on Sale at Bonhams Auction

Next week, the Barber Motorsports Museum near Birmingham, Alabama will be hosting Bonhams' auction of collectors' motorcycles. Among the dozens of bikes to be sold during the event will be machines owned or ridden by Hollywood legends.
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The lineup of bikes to go under the hammer at the event includes everything from well-known bikes to less-so creations. Most importantly, the majority of them have been featured in various movies starring Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Peter Fonda or Dennis Hopper.

The most impressive collection is tied, of course, to Steve McQueen, who lends his aura to no less than three two-wheelers. The crown jewel of the auction is the Husqvarna 400 Cross owned by the movie legend and ridden by him in the On Any Sunday movie. Bonhams plans to fetch between $75,000 and $100,000 for it.

A 1939 Nimbus 750CC Model C Luxus, purchased from the 1984 Steve McQueen Estate Auction, will sell for as much as $85,000, while a 1953 Vincent 498CC Comet Series-C can land its owner as much as $40,000. Both have been owned during sometime down the line by Steve McQueen.

Paul Newman’s legacy will be on site at the auction as the 1967 CZ 250, which he rode in the Sometimes a Great Notion flick. Bonhams expects to cash up to $45,000 for it.

In 1969, Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider movie featured a Bultaco Pursang 250 Mark II, which will now be sold by the auction house for as much as $70,000.

Last, but not least, Dennis Hopper’s 1970 Husqvarna 250 Cross will join the others on the block, and will sell for up to $25,000.

Aside for these unique bikes, Bonhams also promises other vintage motorcycles, including the oldest original Vincent Black Lighting, the most expensive motorcycle ever auctioned.

“Pedigree racing bikes, such as the Ducati NCR AMA Pro winner and wonderful classics from American, European and Japanese manufacturers” will also be on the catalog, says Bonhams.

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