Steve McQueen’s motorbike up for sale

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A MOTORBIKE once owned by Hollywood actor Steve McQueen is set to go under the hammer.

The 1914 Indian Model F, designed without brakes, is among more than 240 bikes up for auction at the Bonhams sale at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford on 28 April.

The bike, which is expected to sell for between £22,000 and £28,000 and was bought by its current owner at an auction in the US three years ago, and has since been housed in his private collection.

McQueen was an avid motorbike and racing car enthusiast and regularly took part in events. He collected classic motorcycles and was believed to have owned more than 100 at the time of his death.

Ben Walker, head of the Bonhams Motorcycle Department, said: “This machine was part of McQueen’s collection, rather than one he would have raced.

“The men who raced these early board-track motorcycles were not only pioneers but must also have been incredibly brave.”