Evel Knievel Memorabilia Up For Auction

Evel Knievel with his famous leathers and walking stick, on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com.
Evel Knievel with his famous leathers and walking stick, on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com.

Every motorcyclist in the last, oh, say 40 years, has dreamed of being Evel Knievel. Flying recklessly through the air with nary a twinge of fear or doubt about what might possibly end up being a somewhat…er, rough landing. Today’s X Games and Red Bull extreme athletes can do things on modern motocross bikes that seem to defy physics, but in 1972, Evel was risking his life on what was essentially a stock Harley-Davidson XR-750.

If you’ve got $40,000 (or more) burning a hole in your pocket and a latent desire to channel your inner gladiatorial stunt man, there are two interesting items up for sale right now on the Heritage Auctions website: Evel Knievel’s diamond-studded walking stick (with hidden liquor flask, naturally) and a real set of his famous red, white and blue leathers, circa 1972-1973.

The bids on these items currently sit at $40,000 and $55,000, respectively…plus the auction fee, of course. You can check them out on Heritage Auctions’ site here, if you’re so inclined. You’d better hurry, though; the auction ends Sunday, February 26.

While we can’t help you with the suitably hairy chest to go with the half-unzipped leather suit, at least you can carry the swagger that goes along with being able to pour yourself a dram of whiskey out of Evel Knievel’s walking stick.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. The lesser known alternative fact is that Mr. Knievel walked on top of the water to do that photo shoot. What that man couldn’t do wasn’t worth doing!

  2. I actually was lucky enough to see Knievel jump in Fresno at Kearney Bowl, I believe, many years ago. He made the jump no problem. We had just bought an early Polaroid so I took a great shot of him and had him sign it right on the spot. Still have that gem and the great memory. My brother and I proceeded to bust ourselves up trying to do a jump on our stingray. It was not pretty.

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