Steve McQueen's Harley-Davidson to lead Mecum's celebrity auction

The 1931 Harley-Davidson VL 74 that Steve McQueen was working on when he died is to be sold as part of Mecum Auctions' Celebrity Items sale, which will take place on July 26-27 in Santa Monica.

Steve McQueen Harley Davidson VL 74
McQueen's Harley Davidson was unfinished when he died, but has since been cosmetically restored

The bike's cosmetic restoration was completed in the wake of McQueen's death, following its sale at the famed Steve McQueen Estate Auction in 1984.

However, it remains mechanically original and not in running condition, waiting for the right collector to give it a new lease of life.

Also featuring in the sale is McQueen's 1969 Chevrolet Baja Hickey race truck, which was the very first full-sized 4x4 truck that Chevrolet ever built for the Baja 1000.

McQueen's 1951 Chevrolet Styleline auctioned for $84,000 earlier this year.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a superb selection of racing memorabilia for sale, including legendary driver Jim Clark's autograph on a menu for an event by the Scottish Motor Racing Club.

Elvis' 1972 Cadillac Estate Wagon will also star at the sale.

It was originally gifted to his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, though Elvis "borrowed" it for trips to LA and Florida so often that Parker asked Elvis to take it back, after which it was moved to Graceland and sold in the 1999 auction of his memorabilia.

John Lennon Swanna sunglasses
The famously short-sighted John Lennon is photographed wearing the glasses in May Pang's 2008 best-selling book Instamatic Karma

Outside of celebrity cars, there is also a fantastic selection of memorabilia for sale, which includes a pair of John Lennon's Swann prescription glasses.

Consigned by his former lover and personal assistant, May Pang, they were worn during the 18-month period Lennon described as his "Lost Weekend".

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£55,000
In stock