A guy I know who ran an accessory shop went to the first auction of McQueen's bikes back in the 90's. He went expecting to pay maybe double what the bikes would get on the collector's market. However, antiques bikes that normally might have gone for $20K at the time ended up going for over $100K. Collecting celebrities' old stuff seems to be some sort of a collective insanity. It might seem cool to some people to own McQueen's old stuff, but in another 30 years when his fans have all pretty much died off that collector's value will simply melt away.
Maybe it's just the insanity of an aution. A pawn shop here auctions used guns twice a year. I've seen people end up paying more for used guns than what they would have paid for a new one! Gotta win that auction!
According to his last ex-wife, Barbara Minty, all he wanted to do was "ride motorcycles, smoke pot, and drink beer."
And what's wrong with that?
Got the Buell back, it was runnig so rich, the exhaust valves got all carboned up. Got a whole new top end anyway. Thanks Buell. The rear exhaust valve was pitted, and warped from the gases going by, on fire. Good thing I didn't drop a valve.