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THE MILLION-DOLLAR MOTORCYCLE

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The value of pop-culture relics continues to soar. Just weeks after a copy of the original Superman comic book, Action Comics #1, sold for $3.2 million, the motorcycle that Peter Fonda rode in the 1969 classic Easy Rider is set to go on the auctioneer’s block today (Wednesday) and could draw a final bid of more than $1 million, according to auctioneers Profiles in History. The chopper was one of four motorcycles (two for the body of the movie; two for the crash scene) designed and built by the late Ben Hardy and Cliff Vaughs, but is reportedly the only one that still survives. It is currently owned by Michael Eisenberg, who bought it from actor Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams), who had worked as a mechanic on Easy Rider. Haggerty later said that co-producer/star Dennis Hopper gave the bike to him after the movie was completed. Eisenberg told the Associated Press that he intends to donate "a significant amount" of the proceeds from the sale to the American Humane Association.