EVEL KNIEVEL - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 52649
EVEL KNIEVEL Mike Douglas watches the famed daredevil preparing for a stunt. Photograph signed: "Evel/Knievel". Color, 3½x3½. Three onlookers, including TV host Mike Douglas, watch Knievel, who is apparently getting on a motorcycle.
Sale Price $162.00
Mike Douglas watches the famed daredevil preparing for a stunt.
Photograph signed: "Evel/Knievel". Color, 3½x3½. Three onlookers, including TV host Mike Douglas, watch Knievel, who is apparently getting on a motorcycle. 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 Ink note on verso (no show through). Fine condition.
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