Evel Knievel's daredevil helmet hits auction block

6 December 2012 / 3 years 10 months ago

Source: The Straits TimesThe blue and white crash helmet worn by the late Evel Knievel in a daredevil 1975 London motorcycle jump, and one of his signature leather jumpsuits, are expected to fetch more than US$100,000 (S$122,000) at a Los Angeles auction next week.Auction house Profiles in History said on Wednesday the leather jumpsuit was one of the last surviving custom-made suits worn by the American stunt performer, who died in 2007 at the age of 69. Knievel was photographed wearing it on the cover of a 1999 biography of him by Ace Collins.Knievel, whose real name was Robert Knievel, wore the helmet in his famous May 1975 attempt to leap over 13 single-decker buses in London - a stunt that ended in a spectacular crash and left him with a broken hand and pelvis.The London jump, which came about nine months after Knievel attempted to leap over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho, caused the entertainer to declare his retirement - although he continued his daredevil career for another 11 years until 1981.Profiles in History said the suit is expected to fetch US$40,000 to US$60,000 at its Dec 15 to Dec 16 auction, while the battered crash helmet could fetch US$60,000 to US$80,000.The Los Angeles auction house said both items come from a private collection.

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