EVEL KNIEVEL - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH 1984 - HFSID 320604
Sale Price $180.00
Daredevil poses in promotional photograph, offers fan "happy landings"
Inscribed photograph signed: "To/ Robert/ Happy Landings/ Evel Knievel/ 84" in black ink. Color, 8x10. Robert Craig Knievel (1938-2007) was nicknamed "Evil" by a jail guard, a name he later changed to "Evel" to avoid offending religious persons. Reputedly a bank robber and safe-cracker in his youth, Knievel began daredevil stunts in 1965 to call attention to his motorcycle dealership. In 1973 he leaped 50 cars, stacked four deep, at the L.A. Coliseum. However, many of his stunts were unsuccessful, attracting fans anticipating a big smashup. Spectacular failures included an attempted leap of 150' over a fountain at Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas (1968), and a rocket and parachute-assisted leap at the Snake River, Idaho (1974). Even after retirement, he retained his penchant for bone breaking spills, falling from a golf cart and then a Jacuzzi. Ironically, Knievel's daredevil jumps almost killed him indirectly. He required a liver transplant (1999) to replace an organ ravaged by Hepatitis C, acquired from tainted blood received in one of his many surgeries. Corners rounded. Slightly toned. Sticker affixed on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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