The King of Cool

The King of Cool

Again, another obvious choice for a style icon.   Born March 24, 1930 as Terrence Steven McQueen, this icon was known for being in the movies The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno

He was also well known for his love of racing motorcycles and cars. In the movies Bullitt and LeMans, he was able to show off those skills by doing the driving in both movies.

Dubbed as the “King of Cool”, he is actually one of those actors that still remains popular long after his death.  Here is an excerpt from Wikipedia.com regarding his memorabilia:

The blue tinted sunglasses (Persol 714) worn by McQueen in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair sold at a Bonhams & Butterfields auction in Los Angeles for $70,200 in 2006. One of his motorcycles, a 1937 Crocker, sold for a world-record price of $276,500 at the same auction. McQueen’s 1963 metallic-brown Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso sold for $2.31 million USD at auction on August 16, 2007. Except for 3 motorcycles sold with other memorabilia in 2006, most of McQueen’s collection of 130 motorcycles was sold 4 years after his death.

The Rolex Explorer II 2 Reference 1655, is also now so-called Rolex Steve McQueen in the horology collectors world, but the Rolex Submariner Reference 5512 he was often photographed wearing in private moments sold for $234,000 at auction on June 11, 2009, a world-record price for the reference.

Steve McQueen was also a sponsored ambassador for Heuer Watches. In the 1970 movie Lemans, McQueen famously wore a blue faced Monaco 1133B Caliber 11 Automatic which has lead to its cult status with watch collectors. This watch also sold for $87,600 at auction on June 11, 2009, a world-record for the reference. Tag Heuer continues to promote their Monaco range with McQueen’s image.

Steve McQueen in Le Mans, wearing a classic Tag Heuer

Steve McQueen in Le Mans, wearing a classic Tag Heuer

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