The Straits Times
Published on Dec 06, 2012

Evel Knievel's daredevil helmet hits auction block


LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - The blue and white crash helmet worn by the late Evel Knievel in a daredevil 1975 London motorcycle jump, and one of his signature leather jumpsuits, are expected to fetch more than US$100,000 (S$122,000) at a Los Angeles auction next week.

Auction house Profiles in History said on Wednesday the leather jumpsuit was one of the last surviving custom-made suits worn by the American stunt performer, who died in 2007 at the age of 69. Knievel was photographed wearing it on the cover of a 1999 biography of him by Ace Collins.

Knievel, whose real name was Robert Knievel, wore the helmet in his famous May 1975 attempt to leap over 13 single-decker buses in London - a stunt that ended in a spectacular crash and left him with a broken hand and pelvis.

The London jump, which came about nine months after Knievel attempted to leap over the Snake River Canyon in Idaho, caused the entertainer to declare his retirement - although he continued his daredevil career for another 11 years until 1981.