The Porsche 911 that Steve McQueen drove in the iconic racing film Le Mans sold for $1.25 million at the Profiles in History Icons of Hollywood auction last weekend. Meanwhile, the suit he wore in this film fetched $984,000. The suit was donated by McQueen’s Solar Productions in 1971 to the British newspaper The Observer for a special Le Mans-themed contest, which was won by a 12-year-old kid from Wolverhampton named Timothy Davies.
The suit is referred to by Profiles in History as “the Holy Grail of racing film costumes.” The suit clearly did better than its pre-auction estimate of $200,000 to $300,000.
At this auction, one of DMC De Loreans used in Back to the Future III was also sold. It is claimed that there’s just one of three left. This model is the only one of those three that was held by private hands. The De Lorean was sold for $541,200, which falls within the dealer’s estimate of $400,000 to $600,000. This is an amazing price as the regular model with no connection to any hit movie is priced at around $30,000. [source: Hemmings]