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Steve McQueen's Persol Sunglasses.Lot No: 62 at the 2006 Steve McQueen sale held at The Petersen Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California.
A pair of Persol sunglasses.
A pair of 1960s-era 'foldable' sunglasses with plastic tortoise shell-like frames and blue lenses; inside right arm reads "Persol;" inside left arm reads "brevett" and "Ratti" (last name of the Italian photographer, Giuseppe Ratti, who invented this eyewear in the 1910s).
Sold for $60,000 plus Premium and tax.
These sunglasses may be the ones McQueen wore in the opening scenes of his 1968 cult film, The Thomas Crown Affair as they match up perfectly.
Additionally, throughout the late 1960s, McQueen was photographed a number of times wearing this style of 'foldable' Persol sunglasses with both blue and the standard colored lenses.
Pictures and Text Courtesy Bonhams & Butterfields: www.bonhams.com