The set of instantly recognizable motorcycle leathers where the only thing between the ground and Knievel on multiple performances in the 1970s, and who could forget his his famous diamond-studded walking stick?
Truly a memorable character from the motorcycle world, from his first daredevil performance in 1966 until his retirement in 1981, Knievel made hundreds of jumps. He was hospitalized more than 20 times by violent crashes, made and spent millions, and was jailed for several months after attacking the author of an unflattering book with a baseball bat.
The leathers being made available are Knievel's signature ‘American flag’ design. Its flamboyant look celebrates ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave’ that he loved. The garment features blue and red accents to the white leather, is boldly monogrammed with his "E K" initials, weighs over six and a half pounds, and exhibits clear evidence of "road rash" that documents the danger Knievel faced every time he performed before a crowd.
The diamond-studded black walking stick is almost as identifiable with Knievel's larger-than-life persona as the jumpsuit; he can be seen holding it in just about any photograph in which his hands are not gripping the handlebars of a Harley.
Under a gold head decorated with a motorcycle and rider depicted in diamonds, the walking stick features a hidden liquor compartment. For Knievel, the alcohol was as much for self-medicating as for celebrating. Doctors reassembled his shattered bones after his spectacular crashes, but pain was a constant companion for the famed daredevil.
Knievel displayed the walking stick's secondary function to a national television audience in a February 1973 appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
He made hundreds of public appearances, and his life story has been the subject of feature films, documentaries narrated by Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Knoxville, Geraldo Rivera and Guy Fieri among others, and even comic books. He died in 2007, at 69, only days after giving rap artist Kanye West permission to use Knievel's image in a music video.
The auction, hosted by renowned collectibles dealer Heritage Auctions, will conclude at a sports collectibles auction February 25-26 in Dallas. Both items are original and exclusive and offered by the Knievel family.
At the time of writing, the jumpsuit has a bid of $30,000 and walking stick enjoying a bid of $17,000.