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Steve McQueen Porsche sells for obscene amount

A 1970 Porsche 911 that used to be owned by Steve McQueen, the self-proclaimed 'king of cool', and featured in the film Le Mans, has gone under the hammer in Monterey, California for a world record price for a Porsche 911 at auction.

The slate grey 911S, complete with a full complement of factory-fitted options, fetched $1,375,000 (£832,800). The car had a starring role in the opening sequence to Le Mans, and was also used as McQueen's personal transport during the film's production, before becoming just one of the star's stable of extraordinarily expensive cars in California.

This particular auction has form though, and the 911S was RM's 200th car sold for over a million dollars at auction.

Another car that entered the history books at the auction was a Columbia Electric Landaulet, made in 1999, which sold for $550,000 (£333,140) – twice the pre-auction estimate and a record price for an electric car sold at auction. Other cars that went under the hammer include a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Berlinetta (selling for $1,485,000) and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio, which sold for $693,000 (£420,000).

We would have loved to have put in a bid for one of these extraordinary sports car, and the McQueen Porsche particularly takes our fancy with its slate grey finish. However, funds were a problem, though with an extra $1,370,000 we could have nabbed it.

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