Imagine how much you would make the ladies swoon if you turned up for your Sunday morning ride on the bike Hollywood star Richard Gere rode in An Officer and a Gentleman!
The bike is one of several included in the Icons and Legends of Hollywood sale on 25-26 September 2019 which also includes hundreds of props, costumes and items from Hollywood movies and TV shows.
The 1978 Triumph Bonneville ridden by Richard Gere is one of two used in the 1982 movie.
It was bought from Dewey’s Cycles in Seattle, Washington, and is expected to sell for up to $US30,000 (about $A43,700).
However, it’s not the most valuable motorcycle in the auction.
That honour goes to the Ukranian Dnepr outfit ridden by Harrison Ford and Sean Connery in the 1984 film Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.
It was painted a vintage olive colour to appear like a German WWII BMW military motorcycle.
The outfit was used in the opening screens where the pair are chased by Nazis on motorcycles along the Austrian/German border. (Click here for the top 10 movie motorcycle chases.)
It was one of three bikes used in the film and is expected to sell for up to $US60,000 (about $A87,400).
Other notable motorcycles in the auction include:
- The Kawasaki 1000 police motorcycle ridden by Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 3 is valued at up to $US3000 (about $A4370) and includes an intentionally broken windscreen; and
- A “Kawasaki” V-tw2in custom bike ridden by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 movie Blade, valued at up to $US30,000 (about $A43,700).
Other Hollywood vehicles
There is a host of Hollywood memorabilia from Harry Potter’s glasses to Star Wars spaceship models.
The most valuable item in the action is the moon buggy driven by Sean Connery as 007 in the 1971 movie Diamonds are Forever.
The unique buggy, dreamed up by Academy Award-winning production designer Ken Adam and built by California custom-car legend Dean Jeffries, has an estimated value of up to $US600,000 (about $A875,000).
Other vehicles include the Dragula dragster, created by “King of Kustomizers” George Barris for Grampa Munster to race in The Munsters TV show and subsequent movies.
The gold coffin-bodied racer is valued at up to $US120,000 (about $A175,000).
Another of Barris’s custom cars in the auction is Jed Clampett’s jalopy truck from the 1993 movie spinoff of The Beverly Hillbillies.
While not the truck from the TV series (which Barris also built), it’s still totally recognisable, especially with Granny’s rocker perched up top.
The auction company expects it to bring up to $US50,000 (about $A73,000).