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Captain America up for auction

Easy Rider Harley could sell for over $1 million

EASY RIDER was, let’s face it, a pretty terrible movie. But it’s still arguably the best-known biker film ever made and its stars – both human and wheeled – have become legends.

So the fact that the only remaining motorcycle from the film, one of four built specifically for Easy Rider, is up for auction means it could be about to set some records when it comes to motorcycle prices.

Originally, four bikes were built for Easy Rider, two ‘Captain Americas’ and two ‘Billy’ choppers. All were based on circa-1950 Harley Hydra-Glides that, ironically given the law-breaking, drug-taking themes of the film, were ex-police machines. Of the four, one – this bike – was used in the fiery finale, presumably causing some significant damage. That might have saved it, though, since the other three were stolen just as filming wrapped, never to be seen again.

The surviving machine was given by Peter Fonda to actor Dan Haggerty, who had been in charge of maintaining the bikes during the filming of Easy Rider.

Auction house Profiles in History is to sell the bike, and its catalogue gives a bit of the post-movie history and says it comes with three letters of authenticity.

Back in 2010, news reports suggested the last remaining Captain America had been damaged in another fire while in storage in Austin, Texas, but it’s not absolutely clear whether that is the same machine or not, as there’s definitely been no shortage of replicas over the years; even Harley-Davidson’s own museum features a replica Captain America, along with a replica Billy bike.

The auction house is estimating that Captain America will make between $1,000,000 and £1,200,000 when it goes under the hammer on October 18.

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