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Steve McQueen Bullitt 1968 Mustang GT

Lost Steve McQueen Bullitt Car found in a scrapyard in Mexico

(Photo credit: Ralph Garcia Jr.)

Ever drop something and not see where it fell, only to find it in a place where you’d wonder how it got there?

That’s kind of what happened with the 1968 Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the film, Bullitt. The car somehow disappeared shortly after filming was even completed and hasn’t been seen since. McQueen tried in vain to find the car and buy it for his private collection.

Now the car has apparently been found, in a scrapyard in Mexicali, Mexico. The LA Times reported last week that a pair of Los Angeles car restorers–one of whom has made a career building replicas of the “Eleanor” Mustang from the Nicolas Cage movie, Gone in 60 Seconds–discovered the car and have restored it once they realized what they had.

Of course, skepticism abound at the discovery. Long lost Hollywood memorabilia have a habit of suddenly being discovered only to be debunked soon after, especially involving something as iconic as the Bullitt car. So the restorers enlisted the expertise of Kevin Marti, the country’s most respected Ford authenticator, who travelled to Mexicali to personally inspect the car. After checking the VIN stamps and verifying specific aspects of the car, Marti gave his stamp of approval.

From the LA Times:

Marti said there were two identical cars used in the filming of “Bullitt,” a “hero” car that was used for the casual driving scenes, and a “jumper” car that was used for the dramatic chases, some of which involve airborne launches.

“This is the jumper,” Marti said, based on documents obtained from the filming and alterations to the car’s suspension system.

The “hero” car is also extant, Marti added, but a nondisclosure agreement prevented him from saying anything except that it is in the hands of a private party, somewhere in the southeastern U.S. (Published reports have speculated it’s in Kentucky.)

So the big question is: how did the car end up in Mexico?

That could be a mystery that will never be solved. What isn’t a mystery is that the Bullitt car could very likely fetch over a million dollar if it were to show up at a Barrett-Jackson or Mecum auction. Ken Gross, car historian and former Petersen Automotive Museum consultant, called it the “Holy Grail of the Mustang car crowd.”

Donald Trump Signed Glendronach 26-year Old

There was a bottle of Glendronach 26-year old whiskey in Bonhams’s “Whisky Sale” on March 1, 2017 in Edinburgh. The bottle was lot 41. It included a presentation case signed in 2012 by the now President of the United States, Donald Trump.

From Bonham’s catalog description:

“Glendronach-26 year old
Bottled 25th June 2012 to commemorate the launch of Trump International Golf Links. Distilled and bottled by The Glendronach Distillery Co. Ltd. Single cask number 1036, bottle 251 of 504.
In presentation case signed “Donald Trump”. Good labelling. Level: very top shoulder. 700 ml. Single malt, 53.3% volume
1 bottle”

The lot went unsold.

Leukemia Fundraiser with Eliza Taylor

Eliza Taylor of The 100 has a project on the island of Koh Tao in Thailand where she is very much involved in setting up and running the Not For Profit School, Koh Tao International Primary.

There is a little girl on the island that is just old enough to begin attending the school. However, 3-year-old Isla, has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Eliza Taylor is doing something about that. She has teamed up with Jo Garfein, co-founder and executive director of Cancer Gets LOST, to raise money to cover Isla’s substantial medical expenses. Taylor has, along with some of her The 100 co-stars, autographed merchandise to be auctioned on eBay. 100% of the proceeds will go toward the fundraiser. There are 22 items from The 100 up for bid, including a custom “Lexa” Pop! figure, a “Raven Reyes” art piece signed by Lindsey Morgan, a custom “Clarke Wanheda” Pop! figure signed by Eliza Taylor, a Season 1 poster signed by 13 cast members, and much more. Bid on these items on Jo Garfein’s eBay page.

Visit the fundraiser page to donate to the cause.

 

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver

Baby Driver, written and directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), just screened at SXSW on March 11th and is apparently all the buzz. Judging from the trailer, the movie looks like a stylish, fun, thrill ride with a remarkable ensemble cast including Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Flea and Lily James. Despite the hopping visuals and zealous soundtrack, the true gem is the poster that was released.

In the age of digital obsession, there is hope for the lost art of the movie poster. This one is an instant classic that harkens back to the golden age of movie posters, roughly from the 1920s to the 1950s. Collecting movie posters is a highly subjective, but could be an expensive hobby, especially when you’re dealing with classics. Here’s a list of the ten most expensive film posters to-date.