Mustang Steve McQueen drove in 'Bullitt' auctioned for R53m
Lost, found and sold movie legend draws big money at US auction
The famous 1968 Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the movie Bullitt sold on Friday for $3.7m (R53.2m) at a US auction.
The late actor drove the car in several scenes of the film including an iconic, harrowing 10-minute chase through the streets of San Francisco.
The whereabouts of the dark green roadster were unknown for decades but it resurfaced, in good condition and driveable, for the 50th anniversary of the movie in 2018. The car had been in the hands of Sean Kiernan, 38, whose father had bought it in 1974 for $3,500. The family drove it daily until 1980, when the clutch broke.
It remained parked in a garage until Kiernan restored it and began exhibiting it after the death of his father in 2014.
David Morton, a spokesperson for Mecum Auctions, said the car sold for $3.74m.
The opening bid was set at the symbolic figure of $3,500, which is the amount the elder Kiernan had paid for the car. It was one of the main attractions of a 10-day auction of 3,500 cars that Mecum held in Kissimmee, Florida.