FOUND > Abandoned Evel Knievel 'Leathers' May Get $100,000

Left-Behind at Seamstress’ Shop

The vintage leathers may have been used at 1967 Caesar’s Palace jump.

May 2, 2018
By Ruthie Bowles, Contributing Author for What Sells Best News

PORTLAND, OREGON - Antiques Roadshow reports that vintage Evel Knievel leathers, left behind in a seamstress’ shop, may be worth more than $100,000.

THE DISCOVERY

A guest on the Antiques Roadshow brought in vintage leathers owned by Evel Knievel (1938 – 2007), which may be worth $100,000. According to her story, her mother made the leathers for Knievel, and he brought them back to her for repairs after his Caesar’s Palace jump.

Timothy Gordon, the owner of Timothy Gordon Appraisals, spoke with this Antiques Roadshow guest about her find. He compared the leathers brought in with the leathers in a photo of Knievel just before his famous 1967 Caesars Palace jump.

The story of Evel Knievel's Caesar's Palace Jump at as told by Discovery.

He noted that in the photo, Knievel wore nice new leathers. That particular jump resulted in a crash, and the leathers brought in do show signs of an accident. At the time of the show, Mr. Gordon couldn’t confirm if it was the famous Caesar’s Palace jump (and crash) of 1967.

The Antiques Roadshow guest mentioned that in years past, they received an offer of $10,000 for the leathers, but they erred on the side of caution and refused. She seemed very shocked to hear that Mr. Gordon estimated the leathers would garner $40,000-60,000 at auction.

He ventured so far to say that if they “could confirm that this was used in that Caesar's Palace jump with the video where he tumbles down, the value would increase quite a lot. I think that the value on these would be over $100,000 at auction.”



Coincidentally, Timothy Gordon knew Evel Knievel growing up. Mr. Gordon recalls Knievel telling him that he was going to do something great, although he didn’t know what. At the appraisal, Gordon said, “He bought a pickup truck in Butte, Montana, painted his name on the side, drove to California, but he didn't know what he was going to do.”

Evel Knievel was born in October 1938 in Butte, Montana. He attained celebrity status as a motorcycle stunt driver, attempting more than 75 amazing, and sometimes inconceivable, jumps and stunts throughout his career. Despite his daredevil line of work, Knievel died at the age of 69 from pulmonary disease in 2007.

Besides the money he earned from doing stunt tours and television appearances, Evel Knievel partnered with Ideal Toys to create Evel Knievel toys. They made more than $125 million in toy sales.

Examples of Ideal Evel Knievel Toys, produced and shared by Jenny Caldwell.

Unfortunately, Ideal Toys decided to discontinue the toy line following Knievel’s assault conviction in 1977. Knievel served six months in jail for attacking his former press agent.

WHY IT'S RARE

Evel Knievel captured the nation’s imagination with stunts that no one else could or would do. During and after his career, he had an ardent following of fans. To this day, someone who engages in a daring act might be called an “Evel Knievel”.

As a national icon, Evel Knievel holds a special place in American history. He was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. Finding something that he actually wore is extremely rare.

COMPARABLE SALES

Researching prices, we found several recent sales for Evel Knievel attire, that appear to support the valuation given to the abandoned leathers (prices include Buyer's Premium).

To check for more recent sales, you can research prices free, here.

SALES INFORMATION

We don’t have any information regarding the sale of the Knievel leathers featured in this story, at this time. Stay tuned!

MORE WAYS TO RESEARCH KNIEVEL PRICES

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Before contacting appraisers, research sold prices on your own first. This can give you a general understanding of current market values, and may help you find the best selling venue, if you decide to sell.

ACTIVE AUCTION PRICES

Another way to monitor the real-time price strength of more common Evel Knievel collectibles, is to keep an eye on the highest bid items (below) in the Toy and Showbiz categories on eBay.


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DARTH VADER DT TELESCOPING SABER CAS VINTAGE STAR WARS 1977 KENNER ORIGINAL

Time Left: 3d 15h 48m
$2,322.00 with 15 bids


Evel Knievel Chopper Motorcycle

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$305.00 with 7 bids


SHMOO Nesting Doll, 6 pieces, plastic, 1948, rare toy

Time Left: 9h 43m
$129.50 with 1 bids


1935 ~14 inch Vintage POPEYE JOINTED WOOD DOLL by CAMEO~ KING FEATURE Comic

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$123.50 with 23 bids


Colgate Soaky 1960s Universal monster Creature From The Black Lagoon

Time Left: 7d 14h 55m
$103.50 with 6 bids


Evel Knievel Rare Vintage Blue Seat Stunt Cycle & Launcher Evil 70s ideal Set NR

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$99.99 with 6 bids


1970s IDEAL EVEL KNIEVEL STUNT SET FIGURE RARE 1st Ed 1972 MINT 5 DAYS

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$88.00 with 16 bids


Evel Knievel Original Vintage Stunt Cycle & Launcher Evil Action Figure 70s Toys

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$81.00 with 9 bids


1974 MULTIPLE TOYS PLANET OF THE APES PLASET IN ORIGINAL DISPLAY BOX

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$81.00 with 8 bids


Ideal Evel Knievel Scramble Van With Accessories And Figure

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$76.00 with 39 bids


Vintage 1976 I Dream Of Jeannie dream bottle in box

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$66.00 with 17 bids


THE WIZARD OF OZ PLAY SET by MATTEL 2001 POLLY POCKET SIZE WORKS 9 FIGURES + BOX

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$64.99 with 1 bids


1960,s Frankenstein Soaky Soap Bottle Colgate Universal Pictures

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$63.62 with 9 bids


MARX BEST OF THE WEST , GERONIMO CANADIAN EXCLUSIVE , GREEN MOD COLOR

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$61.94 with 1 bids


Vintage Tiger Plastic guitar Electric and Amplifier by Emenee In Box Rare

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$60.00 with 1 bids


1960s WOLFMAN 10" COLGATE SOAKY BUBBLE BATH BOTTLE UNIVERSAL MONSTERS with TAG

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$60.00 with 1 bids


ISA-07-11 Attaché case,1960s spy toy,James Bond,Secret Sam,1965,Luger

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$59.99 with 1 bids


1973 Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Scramble Van 70s Toys Lot Evil Action Parts Box

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$59.99 with 2 bids


Ringo Starr Bubble Bath Soaky Bottle The Beatles 1965 Rare Colgate Palmolive

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$59.95 with 1 bids


MATTEL The Monkees Talkin hand puppet, 1966

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$55.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Action Figure w/Helmet

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$55.00 with 26 bids


Vintage BOGLINS (drool) 1987 vintage puppet With Box Mattel Cool Rare Toy!

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$53.00 with 3 bids


Vintage 1960's Corgi Green Hornet Black Beauty Car Original TV Toy

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$53.00 with 21 bids


1960,s Mummy Soaky Soap Bottle Colgate Universal Pictures

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$51.00 with 7 bids


Evel Knievel Super Jet Cycle and Launcher Ideal 1976

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$51.00 with 10 bids


Vintage evel knievel toys

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$51.00 with 12 bids


Evel Knievel skull island with box

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$50.00 with 1 bids


1930's 8 inch Vintage POPEYE JOINTED WOOD DOLL by CHEIN~ KING FEATURE Comic

Time Left: 15h 46m
$47.00 with 18 bids


Vintage JERRY MAHONEY VENTRILOQUIST DUMMY JURO Doll PAUL WINCHELL 1950's & box

Time Left: 7d 8h 7m
$46.00 with 10 bids


Vintage ventriloquist dummy doll 23 " NR

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$45.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle & Launcher 70s Toys Evil Action Figure Doll & Helmet NR

Time Left: 6d 5h 43m
$45.00 with 1 bids


LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE DECODERS,PENCIL CASE,PUZZLE,CRACKER JACK,AND BOOK 1930'S

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$43.00 with 3 bids


Vintage 1970's Ideal Evel Knievel Scramble Van Figure Motorcycle Accessories

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$40.00 with 1 bids


Goldberger Ventriloquist Charlie McCarthy Dummy Doll 30"

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$40.00 with 4 bids


Evel knievel stunt cycle and figure with Launcher

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$36.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Friction Type Toy Team America Super Stunt Dirt Buggy Ideal

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$34.33 with 11 bids


E.Goldberger Edgar Bergen's Charlie McCarthy 30" Ventriloquist Dummy Doll In Box

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$34.00 with 11 bids


evel knievel stunt cycle and figure

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$33.00 with 3 bids


Vintage Antique Collectible 1977 Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Dummy 30" Doll

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$32.00 with 18 bids


Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle Evil 70s ideal vintage

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$31.01 with 2 bids


Vintage 1972 IDEAL Evel Knievel Stunt Cycle BLACK SEAT and Action Figure - NICE

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$31.00 with 3 bids


1971 TOPPER TOYS DING A LING ROBOT POWER PACK MOTOR In Original Packaging

Time Left: 3d 7h 27m
$29.99 with 1 bids


1930's 10 in Vintage WIMPY JOINTED WOOD Popeye Character DOLL~ KING FEATURE

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$27.99 with 14 bids


Vintage Gilbert James Bond Action Figure

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$26.30 with 1 bids


Vintage Peter Puppet Playthings HOWDY DOODY Marionette Toy Doll Wood Dilly Dally

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$26.00 with 12 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL ACTION FIGURE # 3402-5 BY IDEAL DATED 1972

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$26.00 with 4 bids


dennis the menace doll

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$25.00 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel 70s Action Figure Helmet & Belt Evil Stunt Cycle Doll Accessories *

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$25.00 with 14 bids


VINTAGE POPEYE JACK IN THE BOX - 1953

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$24.99 with 1 bids


EVEL KNIEVEL LAUNCHER - FOR STUNT CYCLE/SKY CYCLE/STUNT CAR 1973

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$24.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Evel Knievel Canon Sky Cycle & Figure

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$22.95 with 1 bids


Vintage evel knievel toys crash up car

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$20.70 with 1 bids


Paul Winchell Jerry Mahoney Ventriloquist Dummy Doll Mortimer Snerd

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$20.50 with 2 bids


1967 MATTEL AGENT ZERO M RADIO RIFLE BEAUTIFUL CONDITION UNUSED

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$20.49 with 5 bids


4 Vintage Our Gang Little Rascals Bisque Figurines Japan 30s

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$20.00 with 1 bids


1978 Superheroes Superman trash can. This can is made in the USA by Cheinco

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$20.00 with 1 bids


Vintage Mattel 1965 BIFF the talking bear (pull string)

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Louis Marx Weird Oh's - Endsville Eddie (Turquoise)

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$19.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE MATTEL MR. ED TALKING HORSE PULL STRING TOY PUPPET 1962 CLASSIC TV WORKS

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Rare Vintage Juro Novelty Emmet Kelly Ventriloquist Talking Clown Doll Complete

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$19.99 with 1 bids


Marx plastic dime store figures Popeye newspaper comic characters Olive Oyl

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$19.99 with 1 bids


1960s SOAKY COLLECTION, 17 SOAKYs

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$18.76 with 9 bids


Vintage 1972 Evel Knievel Action Figure Doll IDEAL 7" bend'em

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$18.50 with 3 bids


VINTAGE FROGGY THE GREMLIN REMPEL RUBBER TOY TV RADIO SHOW 1948 FROG ANTIQUE 

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$18.50 with 7 bids


Vintage 1964 Action Figure Louis Marx All Heart Hogan Nutty Mads Series 2 Pink

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$17.50 with 1 bids


1963 MARX NUTTY MADS - Roddy The Hotrod - VINTAGE

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$16.50 with 6 bids


1950s HOWDY DOODY COMPOSITION MARRIONETTE

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$15.50 with 1 bids


Zorro_Walt Disney_Pencil Craft Kit

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$14.99 with 1 bids


1964 THE BEATLES COLOR PHOTOS MEET JOHN LENNON #1 CAR PSA GRADED NEAR MINT 7

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$14.00 with 4 bids


VINTAGE BIBI PRODUCTS PETER FIGUREN YODELER SQUIRTER GREEN FEDORA

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$12.99 with 1 bids


1973 WOOLCO MINTY BOXED! 9" LEGENDS OF THE WEST WILD BILL HICKOK ACTION FIGURE

Time Left: 3d 17h 21m
$12.95 with 1 bids


1951 COCA COLA SPRITE BOY LARGE RECTANGULAR BLOTTER SIGN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION

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$12.00 with 4 bids


VINTAGE 1989 SHRINK-WRAPPED RALSTON BATMAN CEREAL BOX WITH ORIGINAL BATMAN BANK

Time Left: 13h 24m
$11.99 with 1 bids


Evel Knievel Vintage Ideal Stunt Cycle & Cars Diecast & Original Ad 70s Toys NRs

Time Left: 3d 36m
$11.50 with 2 bids


Vintage Pinocchio Wooden Peg String Doll/Figure/Toy/Ornament//Hand Painted

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$11.50 with 1 bids


1958 My Fair Lady Plastic 3-Dimensional Cut Outs-Mint in Package-Lowal Corp-USA

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$10.95 with 1 bids


vintage my little pony lot

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$10.50 with 3 bids


1966 VINTAGE BATMAN TRADING CARDS ORIGINAL GUM CARD WRAPPER + GREETING CARD BOOK

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$10.49 with 2 bids


Vintage Rubber Squeak Toys Dog Standing & Dog Laying Made in Japan

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$10.00 with 1 bids


1980 W.C. Fields Basic Ventriloquist Dummy Collectible 30 inches

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$10.00 with 1 bids


Laurel & Hardy Rubber Bendy Toy Figures 1967 Vintage (m762)

Time Left: 7h 56m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage Marx Bull Pen Boo Boo Nutty Mad Figure 1963 Baseball Statue Toy

Time Left: 12h 47m
$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1960's Dennis The Menace Character Doll

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vtg Smokey The Bear Fire Prevention Figure R. Dakin & Company 3535 Original Pkg

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$9.99 with 3 bids


Vintage 1960's Soaky bottle - CASPER the Friendly Ghost - collectible

Time Left: 16h 7m
$9.99 with 1 bids


1973 Vintage Howdy DooDee Doll Puppet Eegee Lo Ventriloquist Doll

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1960s LOUIS MARX VINTAGE WALT DISNEY TWISTABLE PINOCCHIO FIGURE MIB TWISTIKINS

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1962 Mattel MR. ED TALKING PLUSH HAND PUPPET W/BOX

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1965 MATTEL AGENT ZERO M CAMERA GUN . EXCELLENT CONDITION

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1965 MATTEL AGENT ZERO M MOVIE SHOT CAMERA EXCELLENT WORKING CONDITION

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$9.99 with 1 bids


VINTAGE COMPOSITION HOWDY DOODY COWBOY COMPOSITION VENTRILOQUIST PUPPET

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1930s FUN-E-FLEX "3 Little Pigs" 3.5" Wood Pig Figure, Missing Pieces

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$9.99 with 1 bids


1966 CORGI BATMAN BATMOBILE LARGE 5 INCH VERSION

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$9.99 with 1 bids


LORUS MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS GOOFY WATCH MINT IN THE BOX

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$9.99 with 1 bids


Vintage 1967 Mattel Captain Kangaroo pull string talking doll (does not talk)

Time Left: 6d 7h 58m
$9.99 with 1 bids


LOT OF 4 VINTAGE 1960'S SOAKY SOAKIE CARTOON CHARACTERS BATH TOY BUBBLES

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$9.50 with 2 bids


Marx Campus Cuties, lot of 5

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$8.90 with 1 bids


walt kelly pogo figures and cups. 1969 Oxydol promotion. 6 figures and 6 cups. 

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$8.00 with 2 bids


IDEAL TOYS VINTAGE RIN TIN TIN PLUSH DOG RUBBER FACE W ORIGINAL COLLAR BY IDEAL

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$8.00 with 1 bids


ORIGINAL RARE WHITE “SUBURBAN SIDNEY” NUTTY MADS FIGURE VINTAGE 1963 SERIES 2

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$6.49 with 2 bids