On December 6, the “Icons” auction of RM & Sotheby’s takes place in New York. For sale this time are real automotive artwork and a racing suit with a prominent history.
One of the highlights is the dynamic sculpture produced by automotive artist Dennis Hoyt, which depicts a 312 Ferrari Formula 1 car as it disintegrates into a blur of speed and energy. It was constructed from a single piece of basswood and dyed a vibrant red color with exceptional detailing throughout, including the namesake 3-liter V-12 engine. The estimate is around $ 40,000 to $ 60,000.
Presented in original condition, this full-scale interpretation of the 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I, chassis number 0759 GT, is a fine example of a craftsman’s tool taken to an art form. That Ferrari was reportedly a particular favorite of Marilyn Monroe and spent many years on display at the Maranello Rosso Museum in San Marino. It was loaned to Auto Sport for the construction of this manichino (mannequin) wireframe sculpture with particular attention from Sig. Villa. It is a truly unique presentation and beautiful work of art.
2015 Raoul.W produced the artwork titled Rêve de Gosse (Dream Kid). The piece consists of an assortment of red die-cast model cars in a variety of sizes and types, and is bordered by a black wooden frame.
Another Highlight in the auction surely is the Gulf racing suit worn by McQueen’s character Michael Delaney. This unique opportunity represents the first time one of the original iconic suits is being offered at auction with its matching and original Bell helmet and Nomex underwear as worn by McQueen.
Following the release of the movie, a promotional competition was run in the German magazine Bravo; the consignor’s late husband entered the competition as a teenager hoping to win the headline prize, a Porsche 914, but was left disappointed with the 2nd prize: the suit, helmet, and underwear presented here today. The winners were publicly announced in the November 1971 edition of Bravo, and the 2nd-place prize has remained in the possession of the consignor’s family ever since.
Stored for much of the past 46 years, this suit is still incredibly original with light staining from storage. The helmet has been repainted in period as it was used as a daily motorcycle helmet for a few years. Both the helmet and jacket have lead seals attached, believed to have been added by Solar Productions’ Costume department, whilst the helmet features all of the correct and original labels from Bell and the Snell Foundation. The most encouraging feature of the racing suit’s condition is the light black staining on parts of the trousers, jacket, and necktie, which are synonymous with being used in a race car.
This Hinchman jacket, replicated countless times and worn by fans all over the world in the decades since the film, still features all of its original patches, including the iconic Gulf, Firestone, and Heuer sponsorships. Offered from 46 years of single-family ownership with perfect provenance back to Steve McQueen and Le Mans, this lot represents the full Michael Delaney outfit—an unrepeatable opportunity to acquire a tangible piece of one of the greatest automotive films and celebrity car enthusiasts of all time.