Hard to believe that a Sixties-era tweed jacket with leather elbow patches might be worth as much as a house, but there have been stranger sales.
At the end of July, according to this piece in Hemmings, the jacket Steve McQueen wore in “Bullitt,” the 1968 movie known around the world for its classic San Francisco chase sequence (Ford Mustang, driven by McQueen, versus a Dodge Charger, driven by stuntman Bill Hickman), will go on the auction block. Experts are estimating it will fetch $800,000.
It’s not as if McQueen items are strangers to the auction block. Last year, a Ford GT40 used as a camera car in the 1971 McQueen film, “Le Mans,” sold for $11 million. At another auction, McQueen’s passport sold for $46,125. And a Heuer wristwatch McQueen wore in “Le Mans” went for $799,500. Just think — cheaper than the estimate on the jacket. Steal of a deal.