Lot #8036
Steve McQueen Signed Photograph

The hero of Le Mans

Estimate: $5000+

Description

The hero of Le Mans

Glossy 7.75 x 10.25 photo of Steve McQueen as racing driver Michael Delaney in the 1971 film Le Mans, signed nicely in black felt tip. Affixed to a same-size mount. In fine condition.

In spite of its poor box office response, Le Mans was an important project for McQueen, himself an avid motorcycle and race car enthusiast who routinely performed his own driving stunts. However, when McQueen wanted to drive a Porsche 917 with Jackie Stewart in the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, the film's backers threatened to pull their support if he did. Faced with the choice of driving for 24 hours in the race or driving for the entire summer making the film, McQueen opted for the latter. McQueen later purchased five racecars used in the film, and in 2015, a documentary called Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans examined the actor's quest to create and star in the 1971 auto-racing film.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Remarkable Rarities
  • Dates: #617 - Ended September 25, 2021





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