Want to truly feel like The Wild One?
The motorcycle of the Oscar-winning actor – whose iconic portrayal of motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in the 1953 film is considered to be the original outlaw biker – hits the auction block June 27 in Beverly Hills.
The Harley Davidson FLH Electra-Glide motorcycle was purchased by Brando in 1970 and the auction house states the bike – which is estimated to be worth between $200,000-$400,000 – “could be the only Brando motorcycle available.”
“My father was bigger than life and everything he did was often celebrated by fans around the globe,” Miko Brando, the actor’s son, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “My hope is that many of the items coming up for auction this weekend at Julien’s Auctions will offer a small glimpse into the life of my father, who happened to also be one of the world’s most loved and famous actors of our time.”
According to Julien’s, which is conducting the highly anticipated Hollywood Legends Auction, Brando once said, “It still pleases me to be awake during the dark, early hours before morning when everyone else is still asleep. I’ve been that way since I first moved to New York. I do my best thinking and writing then.”
Continued Brando, who would also ride the bike for hours on desert roads in the American Southwest: “During those early years in New York, I often got on my motorcycle in the middle of the night and went for a ride anyplace. There wasn’t much crime in the city then, and if you owned a motorcycle, you left it outside your apartment and in the morning it was still there. It was wonderful on summer nights to cruise around the city at one, two, three a.m. wearing jeans and a just a T-shirt with a girl on the seat behind me. If I didn’t start out with one, I’d find one.”