Marlon Brando’s Old Harley-Davidson Up For Auction
A 1969 Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide has been put up for auction at Julien’s Auctions on June 27, 2015. This isn’t just your regular classic Harley, though, because a certain Hollywood icon once owned this particular bike. That actor was Marlon Brando, who many of us remember for his iconic roles in the Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and Julius Caesar.
The history behind this specific Harley FLH Electra Glide began in 1970 when Brando first purchased it. Fast forward to 2015 and the Electra Glide is about to get a new owner, who could end up forking as much as $400,000 to own it.
That’s Julien’s Auctions pre-auction estimate of the bike, although something that once belonged to Don Vito Corleone himself could fetch a lot more than that. From what I’ve gathered, past motorcycles owned by Hollywood legends have commanded huge sums of money.
A recent example is music legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who auctioned off his 1959 Harley-Davidson for $385,000 in January 2015. That winning bid is a stout one, but still pales in comparison to the Harley chopper ridden by Peter Fonda in the 1969 movie Easy Rider. That one sold for a whopping $1.35 million, making it the most expensive auction price for a motorcycle in history.
I don’t know if Brando’s ’69 FLH Electra Glide will hit that number, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it approaches seven figures. These pre-auction estimates are typically on the conservative side, especially when it comes to celebrity-owned items. If I we’re to make a guess, I think Brando’s Harley could sell for somewhere close to $700,000.
Fortunately, the auction is in two weeks so we won’t have to wait too long to find out how much it’ll go for.
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Why it matters
I’m not old enough to have seen Marlon Brando’s best movies, but at least I know all about one of his most iconic roles in the Godfather. That’s good enough, right?
In any case, a Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide once owned by Brando himself could be on the receiving end an action-packed bidding round at the Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills on June 27, 2015. Nobody needs to worry about the Harley’s authenticity, too, because it’s got all the necessary paperwork that validates Brando’s ownership of the bike. Harley-Davidson of Los Angeles even sent a Notice of Transfer to the Sacramento DMV to make sure that everything was above board so that should appease the concerns of those who may have been skeptical of its history.
Either way, a 1969 FLH Electra-Glide should still command a nice bidding price. The fact that it counts a Hollywood legend as its owner will only drive the price up, at least into the six digits.
I’ve already indicated what I think the bike will go for, but if there are some persistent bidders with deep pockets who vie for the bike, it wouldn’t be impossible to see it in the high six digits.
Can it go up to as high as $800,000 or $900,000? That may be it’s ceiling, but with auction items like this, you really can’t put a cap on it because of the bike’s celebrity history.