Great Escape Auction Record

A Triumph ridden by Great Escape stuntman breaks world record

A 1962 Triumph 649 cc TR6SS ridden by Bud Ekins, the American bike racer who performed the famous jump as stunt-double for Steve McQueen in The Great Escape, was one of the star lots in a recent Bonhams sale achieving a world record auction price of £97,750 — more than three times its top estimate.
 
This outstandingly original Trophy model, which was the subject of competitive bidding across two continents and bought by an American bidder, helped Ekins, who was also a friend of Steve McQueen, win a gold medal in the 1962 International Six Days Trial.

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