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Evel Knievel's helmet and leathers valued at $100,000 before auction

Evel Knievel is arguably the most famous stunt biker of all time
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by Jack Beresford

A signature jumpsuit and crash helmet worn by motorcycle icon Evel Knievel is expected to fetch over $100,000 (£62,000) at an auction in Los Angeles this month.

The blue and white crash helmet and the leather jumpsuit worn by the daredevil in a 1975 London motorcycle jump are expected to be hot property.

Profiles in History, the American auction house, said the leather jumpsuit was one of the last surviving custom-made suits worn by the stunt performer, who died in 2007.

Knievel wore the helmet for his famous May 1975 attempt to leap over 13 single-decker buses in front of 90,000 people at Wembley Stadium.

The stunt ended in a spectacular crash which left him with a broken hand and pelvis, and also caused the entertainer to declare his retirement - although he continued his daredevil career until 1981.

The auction house said the suit is expected to fetch $40,000 to $60,000 at the auction, which runs from 15 to 16 December, while the battered crash helmet could fetch $60,000 to $80,000.

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