|The iconic image of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in 'Easy Rider'|
|A screen capture in the film, with Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson horsing around on their choppers|
That story isn't quite over, as what's claimed as an authentic survivor 'Captain America' is coming up for auction October 18th at the Profiles in History auction house. Owner Michael Eisenberg purchased the chopper from the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa earlier this year, and has decided to sell the machine, "It was with much deliberation and trepidation that I decided to sell it...When I came to the realization of what I actually had just sitting in my warehouse I felt it would be better served if it could once again be on public display. I also decided that a portion of the proceeds should benefit some charities, the American Humane Association and the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa Iowa so that they can continue to educate the public on the history of the motorcycle."
|This is my 'wet plate' photograph of the very machine at auction, from an hour I spent at a roadside parking lot on Mulholland Drive in LA taking photos of the machine in company with its creator, Cliff Vaughs. [Visit MotoTintype.com|
for more images.]
Press releases about the 'Captain America' sale are quoting estimates of $1Million, which seems cheap when one considers the astronomical price of far less famous Ferraris, and the rumored $1.1M sale price of the Rollie Free/'bathing suit' Vincent 3 years ago, which is also among the most famous machines in history, along with TE Lawrence's 'fatal' Brough Superior SS100 - which was offered for £2M several years ago.
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