LOS ANGELES- JUNE 26, 2013
- It's the jacket from the "King of Cool" that continues to define
men's fashion to this day. Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is proud to announce the premiere male wardrobe piece of the 20th Century will be on the auction block at their Hollywood Auction on July 29th.
This jacket is the brown herringbone tweed jacket, with suede elbow patches, that was custom made for Hollywood legend Steve McQueen and worn in arguably his greatest film role — as all guts, no glory, San Francisco Police Lieutenant “Frank Bullitt”. Not only was this jacket worn in what is consistently voted as the best car chase sequence in film history — pitting “Bullitt’s” “Highland Green” 1968 Mustang GT 390 against the bad guy’s ’68 Dodge Charger— McQueen wore this jacket throughout the second half of the film. McQueen wears this distinctive jacket while on the hitman’s trail, during the iconic car chase, while riding with Jacqueline Bisset in her yellow Porsche cabriolet in San Mateo, at the police station, in the Coroner’s office and the climactic chase on foot at San Francisco International Airport where “Bullitt” finally kills the mobster and places this jacket over the dead body.
This historic costume piece was exhibited at the Warner Bros. Studio Museum. This item is fully authenticated by the seller and a letter of authenticity will be included with the lot. It is estimated to sell for between $600,000 - $800,000.
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz
($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans
($960,000); From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch
for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady
for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz
to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of Hollywood Treasure
, which just ended its second season on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure
takes viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com