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The “Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction” to be held by Profiles in History this December 15 and 16 will be offering some mighty cool items for those into racing or racing films. Perhaps the coolest thing to be sold is the racing helmet that Paul Newman wore while racing Trans-Am in the late 1970s.

Perhaps the least cool thing to go up for bid is the Gulf traveler’s card that Steve McQueen never held although his name is clearly embossed on it. The auctioneer says that this card was kept at Gulf Oil’s corporate headquarters just in case McQueen ever lost his actual card.

Profiles in History believes the helmet will go for around $10,000 and the card will move for up to $3,000.

[Image by ProRallyPix via Flickr]


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Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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